UPDATE (Nov. 29, 2021) - The Santa Barbara Police Department has identified the motorcyclist who died in a crash on November 27 as Kenneth Warfield Sterling Sr., 78, of Santa Barbara.
Police say the case remains under investigation.
(Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021) - At least one person died in a fatal crash involving three vehicles and a motorcycle in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Police and Fire Departments responded to the collision that occurred at the intersection of East Cota Street and Salsipuedes Street near Ortega Park.
Around 1:55 P.M., first responders found an adult male unresponsive laying in the roadway. A motor officer was the first to arrive and rendered aid.
According to a preliminary investigation, it appears the motorcyclist was driving south the 600 block of North Salsipuedes Street when a Jeep allegedly rear-ended the motorcycle, ejecting the cyclist 85 feet before landing on the street.
Santa Barbara Police reports the Jeep crashed with a pick-up truck while the motorcycle hit a parked sedan.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the jeep is suspected of driving under the influence.
He has been identified as 48-year-old Raul Gonzalez, a Santa Barbara resident.
Gonzalez faces felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony DUI causing injury/death charges.
The suspect was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail with a $1,000,000 bail.
The identity of the deceased has yet to be released.
The case is under investigation.