SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UPDATE:
Santa Barbara Police have closed down a section of State Street above La Cumbre where a fatal pedestrian accident took place earlier today. They expect to have it reopened about 5 p.m. The investigation team also closed off the street for about three hours earlier today.
Santa Barbara police have confirmed a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car on upper State Street Thursday morning.
According to police, it happened at 6:30 a.m. near the 3900 Block of State Street between Calle Real and La Cumbre Road when a silver Dodge SUV hit the pedestrian while he was crossing the street from Five Points Mall to McDonald's. The victim was rushed to Cottage Hospital and pronounced dead at 7 a.m.
The victim's identity has not been released but police said he was approximately 50 years old.
The portion of State Street between Calle Real and La Cumbre Road will be closed to traffic for at least the rest of the morning, police said.
The driver has not been identified.
An extensive investigation took place involving photos, measurements and an inspection of the vehicle for mechanical issues.
Road conditions were wet and an early morning light rain system was passing through. It's the first rain in weeks and in some areas the roadway surface was slick from the water and roadway oil mix.