UPDATE: The Santa Barbara County Coroner has released the identity of the woman who was struck and killed on highway 101 over the weekend. 26-year-old Hannah Stromberg was a local transient.
Drivers reported a person on the roadway, had been struck several times by passing vehicles. Officers discovered the Stromberg's body, along with what they believe was her dog, also killed in the incident. They say the woman was attempting to cross traffic when she was hit.
Several drivers involved in the incident pulled to the side of the road. "There was obviously some very upset individuals involved in the accident, so City Fire Crews remained on scene to help with any emotional support of victims due to the severity of the crash," says Chris Mailes, with the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.
Meanwhile, C.H.P. Officers shut down southbound traffic, and re-routed drivers for several hours. "Due to the nature of the accident, and high risk accident with a fatality involved, C.H.P. elected to shut down the freeway to do a thorough investigation." That investigation continues.
Officers have also linked a 'Kia' to the incident and are now searching for the driver. They believe there would be significant damage to the right front corner of the vehicle. Officers are asking anyone with information to contact the local C.H.P. Office at (805) 967-1234.
The California Highway Patrol has released the age of a woman struck and killed Saturday night along Highway 101 in Santa Barbara. The 26-year-old Santa Barbara resident was struck in the southbound lanes near the Milpas Street off ramp.
Authorities have not released the victim's identity. Investigators say the woman was walking across the freeway lanes when she was hit by as many as five cars, including a Honda, a Mercedes, Cadillac Deville, and a Toyota Scion.
C-H-P investigators say there is evidence that a Kia was also involved, but appears to have left the scene. Investigators say that vehicle has "moderate" damage to its front, right corner. Captain Chris Mailes of the Santa Barbara Fire Department says two engines responded to the call just after 11 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, the female victim had been pronounced dead by the California Highway Patrol.
According to preliminary reports, the woman was struck on the freeway by several cars. At least four cars pulled over to check on the victim. A dog was also killed. The southbound 101 was completely shut down for several hours. It re-opened around 1:30 a.m. The CHP is conducting the investigation and interviewing the drivers and passengers inside the vehicles involved in the accident. No one was arrested and no citations were issued.