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CHP: Initial hit-and-run investigation determined to be suicide

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Jun 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-01 23:38:45-04

UPDATE (July 1, 2022) - The CHP now says it is uncertain if Turner fell while trying to cross the bridge on the outside of the fence or if he intentionally jumped.

(June 24, 2022) - The California Highway Patrol has determined that what was initially being investigated as a hit-and-run crash in Santa Barbara early Monday morning was actually a suicide.

The body of Noah Richard Turner, 47, was found in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 just north of La Cumbre Rd. at about 6:45 a.m. on June 20.

Officers initially believed he had been hit by a large SUV that had left the scene. Upon further investigation, a CHP spokesperson says Turner's injuries were not consistent with a vehicle strike and it was determined that he had jumped off the La Cumbre Rd. overcrossing.

CHP says no vehicles were involved and they are no longer looking for a hit-and-run suspect.