Montecito, Calif. – Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a woman that resulted from her being struck by a vehicle on East Mountain Drive on Thursday, September 29, 2022. At approximately 5:35 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 800-block of East Mountain Drive for a report of woman heard screaming. When deputies arrived, they found a woman who was seriously injured, lying in the roadway. The vehicle that struck the woman had fled the area prior to deputies’ arrival. The adult female victim was transported to an area hospital where she died of her injuries at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Based on their initial investigation, detectives believe the woman was intentionally struck by the driver of the vehicle and they are investigating this as a homicide. The identity of the victim is pending family notification. The identity of the suspect, who remains outstanding, and the vehicle description is not yet available for release. The suspect and the victim were known to each other, and this is not a random attack.