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Victim Dies from Hit-and-Run Suspect Quickly Apprehended

Goleta, Calif. – A victim has died from a hit-and-run collision, and the suspect has been apprehended. On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at approximately 3:02 pm, deputies responded to the southbound lanes of Storke Road at Bollay for a report of a man down. When they arrived, deputies learned that a landscape maintenance worker had been hit by a car that fled the area prior to their arrival. Deputies found an unconscious adult male in the bicycle lane and began CPR.  Unfortunately, when emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and took over care for the patient, they quickly determined he was beyond resuscitation and pronounced him dead.

Additional deputies responded to the scene, quickly pieced together suspect information. Deputies tracked the suspect, 19-year-old David Rousso, to the 400-block of Storke Road where he was detained, positively identified, and subsequently arrested. Rousso’s booking charges and bail amount are pending. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this collision.

The identity of the male victim is pending notification to his next-of-kin. Deputies closed the southbound lane of Storke Road temporarily from Bollay to Santa Felicia while they conducted their investigation.

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