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Sep 28, 2010 7:57 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local teenager hit by SUV while crossing freeway

A Santa Barbara teenager was sent to the hospital this morning with major injuries after getting hit by a car while crossing Highway 101.

The California Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 6 a.m. on the 101 near Castillo Street.

Two 15-year-old boys were crossing the freeway at the time and only one was hit, but CHP officers do not suspect drugs or alcohol are a factor.

Officers say a Nissan Pathfinder was traveling about 65 miles per hour Southbound on highway 101 when it struck the teen. The impact sent him flying about 150 feet. He was rushed to Cottage Hospital with life threatening injuries.

At this point, no charges have been filed against the driver. Officers are still investigating but they do not believe the driver could have avoided the situation.

"Pedestrians are not to be on the freeway. Don't bike on the freeway. Don't walk on the freeway. That is a very dangerous area. Stay off it, unless you're driving," said CHP Officer Jeremy Wayland.

The CHP is still trying to figure out why the kids were crossing the freeway. Two southbound lanes were closed for about two hours this morning during the investigation.

The Nissan sustained major front end damage to its grill, bumper, and hood. The CHP says the driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Officers remind drivers to always stay aware of your surroundings, scan the road ahead and try to anticipate potential problems.

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