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Collision Victims Remain in Serious Condition

Police Continue Investigation of Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Incident

Closed intersection at State and Carrillo Streets
Paul Wellman

Santa Barbara police are still investigation the cause or causes of a traffic collision at the intersection of State and Carrillo Streets Sunday evening, which left a 54-year-old woman and her two sons in very serious condition at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The three were heading northbound across Carrillo on the east side of State when they were struck by Patricia Blatt’s, 65, 2004 Kia Optima, who eyewitnesses said drove through a red light at 5:11 p.m. The mother and youngest son were knocked unconscious by the collision, and all three suffered major injuries.

As of Monday afternoon, the 14-year-old male is in extremely critical condition, according to police, with head and internal injuries. The boys’ mother has very serious head and internal injuries, while the 18-year-old male has serious internal injuries. The three are from Los Angeles, presumably visiting the older male, who according to police is a UCSB freshman living in the Francisco Torres Towers in Isla Vista. The victims’ names are being withheld, pending confirmation from family members who have been notified.

The scene of the collision remained closed late into the night Sunday, as police experts in accident reconstruction broke down the scene, investigating for several hours. The car was impounded to conduct a thorough mechanical examination, and police have collected several statements of what exactly happened. Police expect to release more information on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said the stoplight at Carrillo Street had been red and the walk sign activated for those crossing Carillo for at least two seconds before the collision occurred.

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