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
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.