Student Identified in Fatal Traffic Collision
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the foreign student who was fatally injured yesterday, March 30, 2018, at approximately 1:20 a.m. in a traffic collision at the intersection of Hollister Avenue and Storke Road in the City of Goleta. The decedent is 19-year-old Justine Van Ginderachter of Belgium, who was living in Santa Barbara as part of the Education First Program. Next of kin has been notified.
The decedent was not wearing a seat belt and was a passenger in an Uber that collided with another vehicle in the intersection. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor and both drivers are cooperating with the investigating deputies.
The Sheriff’s Major Accident Response Team is investigating the incident to determine the events that led to the fatal collision. Anyone who witnessed this collision or has any information to assist investigators is asked to please contact Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer at 805-961-7514 or send him an email to [email protected]. To leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171 or go to http://www.sbsheriff.org/
Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
At approximately 1:20 a.m. this morning, March 30, 2018, one person was killed and four others were injured in a two-car collision that occurred in the City of Goleta. The collision, involving a blue Hyundai Tucson and a white Toyota Camry, occurred at the intersection of Hollister Avenue and Storke Road. The Hyundai was westbound on Hollister Avenue and the Toyota was northbound on Storke Road when both vehicles entered the intersection and collided.
The driver of the Hyundai was a 33-year-old Ventura resident working as an Uber driver. There were two passengers in the Hyundai, an 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old female, both of which were foreign students living in Santa Barbara. The 18-year-old male received medical treatment at the scene for minor injuries, while the female was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The female was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arrival. Both passengers in the Hyundai were not wearing seatbelts and the female had been ejected from the vehicle. Her name is being withheld until next of kin is notified.
The Toyota was driven by a 24-year-old female Riverside resident, with a 16-year-old female resident also from Riverside and a 19-year-old male from Los Angeles as passengers. The driver and one passenger received minor injuries, while the other passenger was uninjured.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Major Accident Response Team is investigating this collision and working to determine which driver ran the red light. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor and both drivers are cooperating with the investigating deputies. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer at 805-961-7514.
Senior Deputy Farmer who is the lead investigator in this case said, “This collision is a sad reminder of the importance of wearing seatbelts. In this case, it would have been life-saving.”
By an edhat reader
A black car took a red light hitting a white vehicle crossing intersection. There are reports of some dead. Hollister Ave. at Storke Road is closed for an investigation.