Early Saturday morning, August 30, a drunk driver struck and killed a 66-year-old woman jogging between the Bel Air Knolls and Hidden Valley neighborhoods in Santa Barbara. Though names of both the victim and the driver have not yet been released, authorities say the accident happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. when a white van, traveling southbound on Las Positas Road toward Hendry’s Beach, veered off the side of the road near Veronica Springs Road (located at the stoplight on Las Positas about halfway between Modoc Road and Cliff Drive) and collided with the victim.
The woman was running with a large group of joggers, around 40 of them, believed to be training for an upcoming event. No one else was injured. The driver has been charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter.