Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
March 17, 2022

On March 14, 2022, around 8:30 pm, the Santa Barbara Police Department’s Combined Communications Center received a report about a serious traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred at the intersection of Broadmoor Plaza and State Street.
 
Officers, Fire Department personnel, and AMR Paramedics responded to the scene. Once first responders were on scene, they determined the pedestrian suffered serious injuries, and was transported to Cottage Hospital Emergency Room for medical treatment.
 
Initial investigation revealed the pedestrian, identified as Justin Howze Juniel, a 40-year-old Santa Barbara resident was attempting to cross State Street from the southwest corner of the intersection to the northwest corner, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling east on State Street.
 
Due to the seriousness of this collision, the SBPD Critical Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to investigate further. The roadway was closed to vehicles for several hours following the collision.
 
On the afternoon of March 16, 2022, Santa Barbara Police Investigators were notified that Juniel had succumbed to his injuries. His death was determined to be a direct result of the collision that had occurred several days prior.
 
The cause of this collision is still under investigation and DUI does not appear to be a factor.


Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on Upper State Street

By Geo
March 14, 2022

At around 9:03 PM on Monday night according to several witnesses, two males attempted to cross the street assuming the next lane was clear to cross in the direction of a local convenience store (near State Street and Broadmore).

As it turns out a vehicle apparently having a green light, and thus, the right of way--- according to witness statements in the aftermath. One victim struck the windshield and apparently left the scene immediately in an unknown manner.

The other was run over by the vehicle on State Street at Broadmore Plaza and was transported to the nearest level one trauma emergency facility. This victim appears to have sustained substantial bodily and head trauma.

Much is to be determined, surveillance video from the area may hold the real story. Witnesses said the driver that had stopped in the EB1 lane got out and began to attack the driver who actually had the green light and stayed on the scene to figure out what happened.

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Lucky 777 Mar 18, 2022 10:10 AM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

Another guy who just got out of jail after a hot prowl serious altercation in which a police officer was injured. I'd love to know who came up with his bail, surely someone funded his release. We must ask who does it benefit to return these miscreants to the streets to prey upon the honest taxpayers?

SBSand Mar 17, 2022 07:42 PM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

Sad that he died. I'm sure very traumatic for everyone involved, especially the innocent sounding driver that hit him. Searching the deceased name brings up some recent very alarming criminal activity. There is clearly so much more to this story.

https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=3010&TargetID=76

SBSand Mar 18, 2022 12:27 PM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

Sacjon he very well may have... we don't know the whole story about this guy and what harm he was doing to others but he tried to break into a home in the middle of the night while people were home according to one story, amongst whatever else he had been doing to have a felony warrant. Wonder if the friend who bolted turned up at the ER later and what the deal was with the girl.

a-1647614365 Mar 18, 2022 07:39 AM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

This Juniel guy was not an innocent victim!
He was arrested no to long ago for hot prowling, fought the officers responsible ding to the extent that one of the officers received a broken hand, and was released on $100000bail! AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT, he apparently "...also had an outstanding felony arrest warrant..."!!! What the hell was this guy doing free on the street?!?
Very unfortunate my a$$!
This guy was living on the wrong side of civility and got what he sowed!

a-1647419647 Mar 16, 2022 01:34 AM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

"The pedestrian was crossing State Street toward the mountains when he was hit by a sedan that witnesses said was traveling eastbound at 40 to 45 mph"
Who the heck drives that speed on State?! especially since it's usually physically impossible, let alone illegal and dangerous.
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a-1647649356 Mar 18, 2022 05:22 PM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

Right! He stopped right away. No DUI, he stayed on the scene. Those 2 pedestrians popped out from in from of that large SUV. The driver had no time to react. If he was going 45 he would have threw them forward possibly. Who knows, but he did stop about 30 feet from the crosswalk. He was in no way going 45 MPH. He stopped instantly. The video does not lie! If he was going 45 MPH the guy that ran would have been ling on the floor also. Just common sense. Look at the position of the cars.

SBSand Mar 18, 2022 07:21 AM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

In the instagram video the car that hit the pedestrian is NOT very far past where they hit them, which makes me think that the speed estimate is high. Would they have been able to stop so quickly if that was the case? I guess that is for the forensic investigators to find out. I hope that whatever was in that backpack gives some clues as to wtf those guys were up to. Probably full of stolen items... the driver of their vehicle that had pulled over was also probably up to no good. I hope she was questioned extensively, she looked pretty unstable on her feet....

a-1647394833 Mar 15, 2022 06:40 PM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

It is unconfirmed, although someone said the 2 guys may had actually gotten out of the large SUV driven by the female who stopped next to the sidewalk. They walked from the passengers side at the crosswalk and then did not look before crossing. You can see the female wandering the middle of the street in the Instagram video mentioned earlier.

SBSand Mar 15, 2022 11:58 AM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

This article is oddly written. It appears that 2 males were crossing the street to get to 7-11, by jaywalking or crossing against the light, and someone who was driving had a green light and struck them. "One victim struck the windshield and apparently left the scene immediately in an unknown manner." What does that even mean?

The driver ran the other one over and they were taking to "the nearest level one trauma center"? That would be Cottage Hospital. It all sounds scary and traumatic, including for the driver with the green light that hit them, stayed on scene and was attacked by another driver. Seriously, this story brings up a lot of questons lol

a-1647548041 Mar 17, 2022 01:14 PM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

How is your Friend, the one that was injured? Hope he recovers soon. The video is of what happened afterward. The Insurance company should check with the convenience store and other businesses to see if they have a video of the actual incident. They normally keep the video for about 7 days.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CbJAisYuydN/

a-1647383658 Mar 15, 2022 03:34 PM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

I was there after it was all over. I overheard that the Female driver in the suburban went to the middle of the street to physically attack the innocent driver. The guy that surfed the car and broke the windshield bolted. The other guy went under the car. He looked badly hurt, he was awake but immobile.

a-1647372367 Mar 15, 2022 12:26 PM
Pedestrian Dies Three Days Later from Vehicle Collision on Upper State Street

It's not a press release but a submission by a member of the public, that's why it reads a bit funny. I think they just meant one of the people hit left the scene, whether that was one foot or by car or what, OP doesn't know how. I'm also curious about this "attack", was it physical, verbal?

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