Pedestrian Identified in Fatal Collision on Cathedral Oaks

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
November 17, 2020

At 8:36 p.m. on Friday, November 13th, Sheriff’s deputies, County Fire and AMR personnel responded to the 6800-block of Cathedral Oaks Rd, between Los Carneros Rd and Glen Annie Rd, on a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. Within minutes of arriving on scene first responders pronounced the pedestrian, identified as 45-year-old Travis Gottlob of Santa Barbara, deceased.

Based on the initial stages of the investigation, investigators believe that Gottlob was walking within the lane of traffic on Cathedral Oaks Rd when he was struck by a westbound Mazda Miata driven by a 23-year-old resident of Goleta. The driver of the Mazda was cooperative with investigators and was later released from the scene. The investigation is ongoing; however, it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor with the driver of the Mazda. The Sheriff’s Coroner Bureau will conduct toxicology screening on Gottlob to determine if drugs or alcohol were in his system at the time of the collision. Cathedral Oaks Rd was closed for several hours while investigators with the Sheriff’s Major Accident Response Team collected evidence and conducted further investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this collision, or who may have had contact with Travis Gottlob on November 13th, is asked to contact Deputy Matthew Dawson at (805) 961-7519 or by email at

The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

Update by edhat staff
November 14, 2020

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Cathedral Oaks in Goleta on Friday evening.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene between Los Carneros and Glenn Annie Roads at 8:36 p.m. and discovered a male in his 30's was walking along Cathedral Oaks when he was struck by a car traveling westbound.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and DUI is not suspected, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

A section of Cathedral Oaks was closed for several hours on Friday evening.

The collision is under investigation.

Reported by JB86
November 13, 2020

At approximately 8:40 pm a pedestrian was struck and killed on Cathedral Oaks west of Los Carneros in Goleta.

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JB86 Nov 15, 2020 02:22 AM
Pedestrian Identified in Fatal Collision on Cathedral Oaks

I don't think the damage was unusual. The speed limit is 50 mph where this happened, and the damage to the car was typical, even at lower speeds. What it tells me is that the victim was nearly at the center of the car's hood, meaning he was likely in the traffic lane, not the bike lane or shoulder of the road. Sheriffs will figure it out.

a-1605388483 Nov 14, 2020 01:14 PM
Pedestrian Identified in Fatal Collision on Cathedral Oaks

At least 3 deaths now on Cathedral Oaks in the less than a year. The couple walking hit by the drunk, the motorcyclist and now this poor man. Might be time to get a little enforcement or something on that road. Not sure what, but this doesn't seem normal. My thoughts to the family. R.I.P.

ginger1 Nov 14, 2020 12:00 PM
Pedestrian Identified in Fatal Collision on Cathedral Oaks

So very sad. We were driving (eastbound) right there an hour before and observed two people (1/4 mi apart) wearing completely dark clothing walking in the so-called bike lane. Completely invisible until the last few seconds when our car's headlights showed something was moving along the side of the road. If I wasn't paying careful attention and staying perfectly in my lane, well, you get the drift.

In just one day there were (at least reported) three bicyclists and three pedestrians vs car "accidents."

Wearing reflective cloths and carrying a light is mandatory (at least at night) if you want to increase your chances of staying alive, ----and even that is still risky behavior because drivers seem to becoming increasingly less careful, distracted, or whatever the excuse.

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