A 26-year-old Goleta man died in a traffic accident just before midnight Saturday when he crashed into a tree along Hollister Avenue. Michael Moore was driving westbound in the 7900 block of Hollister Avenue near Las Armas Road when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover. Moore’s Lexus struck the median, slid across Hollister’s eastbound lane, then hit a tree. No other vehicles were involved.

“It is believed that speed is a factor in the cause of the collision, but further investigation is continuing,” Hoover said in a prepared statement. “At this time it is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs is a factor in the collision.”

After Sheriff and County Fire personnel removed Moore from his car, he was transported to Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Hoover said the accident is still under investigation, and those with any information on the incident are asked to call Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer at (805) 961-7514.


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