Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

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Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk
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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On Tuesday evening, January 23rd, 2018 at 7:34 P.M., Nicholas B. Hart, a 26-year-old Goleta resident, was traveling southbound on State Street at a high rate of speed when his vehicle struck and severely injured a male pedestrian. 

The 91-year-old elderly victim was attempting to cross the street in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of State Street and Micheltorena Street. 

Hart, driving a 2003 Honda Civic with a suspended license, was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and also believed to be influenced by prescription drugs. His blood alcohol content was approximately three times above the legal limit. Hart also had in his possession an open bottle of alcohol and marijuana.

Hart’s license had been suspended because of two prior DUI convictions. This is his third DUI arrest in just under 3 years.

The elderly victim is a Casa Dorinda resident that was displaced during the mudslides.  He was transported to Cottage Hospital for treatment. The 91-year-old is listed in “critical condition” with life-threatening injuries.

Because of the seriousness of his crime, Nicholas Hart is being held on $1M bail at the Santa Barbara County Jail.  The charges include felony DUI drugs with injury (23153(g)CVC), felony DUI alcohol with injury (23153(b)CVC) and driving on a suspended license for prior DUI’s (14601.2CVC).

Additional charges may be applied. The investigation remains on-going.

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a-1534540847 Jan 25, 2018 09:41 AM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

Micheltorena and State intersection has stop lights. I see no mention of the drunk driver running the red light. Was the elderly gentleman walking against the light? Just curious. Poor old guy with critical injuries at his age. How did he even survive being hit, much less being hit by a speeding car? How terrible to have lived so long and then have to suffer in this way.

Ahchooo Jan 24, 2018 08:04 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

I'd be interested to learn how other countries deal with drunk drivers. Don't the Scandinavian countries have harsher penalties? Not sure how to look that up. If there is a country with a better system, let's adopt it. Alcoholism is a horrible thing--bad for the drinker as well as those around him/her. We've got to find better ways to get people to stop drinking and driving.

SBPaul Jan 24, 2018 08:27 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

One is do not put drinking on the social pedestal that has been the case in our country. This kid is a basket of washed up dreams probably still has some potential after he pays his debt. Canada won't even let you visit if you have a DUI in the US. The tolerance here is abstract. I lived in Louisiana... If you can pass a field sobriety test you don't have to take a breath test. They still have drive through liquor stores in WY, LA... prob more but those are the ones I know of. We have more liquor stores here in town per person than most of the country last I checked. You can find a bottle of vodka easier her than you can an avocado. The problem is not just accessibility but its the promotion of the lifestyle. Still not defending what he did or the fact the poor guy that is hurt is changed forever.

a-1534540847 Jan 24, 2018 07:01 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

PLEASE tell me how. I've been a subscriber for years. Nothing comes up when I try to view deleted comments. And they sure screw up the thread, when responses to it stay and readers have no idea what's being responded to! And the timeline of posts.... Conversation is almost impossible on this version of Edhat.

Flicka Jan 24, 2018 05:03 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

Well, to the suggestion the elderly man was the one kicked out by the Red Cross in his PJs is silly. The gentleman was a resident of Casa Dorinda in Montecito, none of those people went to the Red Cross shelter. I met with a friend from the Casa today, she is with her family. Other residents are either with family or at one of the 22 (safe) places the CD residents were evacuated to. This drunk deserves the book thrown at him!

a-1534540847 Jan 24, 2018 04:57 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

This makes me furious. There is NO excuse for a third DUI. None. If they didn't learn their lesson the first time, the second time should be loss of vehicle, mandatory jail time and big fine. This perpetrator is only in his mid 20s and already has multiple DUIs?! I am gobsmacked.

oceandrew Jan 24, 2018 09:35 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

The kid's clearly got a serious drinking problem and won't fess up to it. Now with this felony DUI he's going to do some serious time and he'll either come out more jaded than before, still blaming everyone else for his problems or he'll wake up.

CivilEngineer Jan 25, 2018 08:18 AM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

That a majority of the product is sold to people who are addicted to it. That makes them drug dealers, not just another corporation. Their companies should be required to pay for the health care and societal effects of the product that they sell to addicts. I was shocked when I saw this statistic.

CivilEngineer Jan 25, 2018 08:18 AM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

That a majority of the product is sold to people who are addicted to it. That makes them drug dealers, not just another corporation. Their companies should be required to pay for the health care and societal effects of the product that they sell to addicts. I was shocked when I saw this statistic.

SBPaul Jan 24, 2018 04:30 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

I have no idea? It happened in SF but it was 5x felon that was not here legally and he shot a young lady walking her old guy dad. The guy with the wrapped gun is working on deportation proceedings because he is not from here. The guy with a drinking problem that just ran over an innocent old man is in jail on 1m dollars bail and I think he should rot just like I think the guy on his way back to Mexico should. Thats not racist thats standing up for what is right IMHO. National politics has nothing to do with this is exactly what I am saying. But if someone wants to start comparing that is what I have so far.

SBPaul Jan 24, 2018 03:30 PM
Third-Time DUI Suspect Critically Injures 91-Year-Old Man in Crosswalk

Oh! the walls for when you drink and drive... you go to jail and by the third time you don't learn your lesson we don't have to deal with you for the rest of your life wall? I think we have a few sets of walls like they call state prison. No need to build a wall for this right now unless you mean pedestrian walkways. Very sad that you would bring national politics in this. How about the issue of drinking and driving? seems more pertinent.

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