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Police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash near Waller Park

California Highway Patrol officers are investing a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred Sunday evening near Waller Park on Highway 135.

According to CHP Officer Rob Wallace, at about 6:30 p.m., an unidentified female was walking across Highway 135 when she was struck by a vehicle heading south.

Traffic heading southbound had a green light, according to Wallace, who added that when the pedestrian reached the middle of the right lane, in the crosswalk, she was hit by a vehicle. 

After the crash, the vehicle continued heading south.

The suspect vehicle would have sustained serious damage as a result of the crash, Wallace said.

At about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office issued an Aware and Prepare Alert asking for the public to be on the lookout for a light-colored, four-door sedan.

Wallace said the vehicle may have been a Ford Explorer.

“We do have some leads that we are following up on,” Wallace added.

On Monday afternoon, CHP Sgt. Sergio Perez said investigators have impounded some vehicles for inspection in connection to the case but could not comment any further. 

The Santa Barbra County Sheriff’s Office is handling the coroner’s investigation and will release more information about the victim once her family has been notified.

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Santa Maria man killed in single-vehicle crash on San Marcos Pass

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A 62-year-old Santa Maria man was killed and a 31-year-old Santa Maria woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on the San Marcos Pass section of Highway 154 west of Salvar Road.

The identity of the driver, who died as a result of the collision, was not immediately released by the California Highway Patrol pending notification of his next of kin. Amber Cave, the passenger, reportedly sustained only minor injuries.

The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. Saturday. The two occupants were riding in a Honda Civic eastbound toward Santa Barbara. The car allegedly swerved within the eastbound lane and, then, across the center of the highway and, then, back across the eastbound lane before running off the paved road edge, according to CHP. The driver was wearing a seat belt but still suffered fatal injuries, CHP reported.

The CHP, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department and an American Medical Response ambulance responded to the collision scene.

Highway 154 was closed in both directions for about three hours while the CHP conducted the on-scene portion of the investigation. Eastbound traffic was routed off the highway at San Antonio Creek Road, and westbound traffic was routed off the highway at State Road 192 (Cathedral Oaks).

The collision remains under investigation, according to CHP.