Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Highway 101 

57-year-old Debra Reynoso was hit and killed by a Buick LaSabre on Monday night, April 4th. 

According to CHP, the woman was crossing from the right shoulder on Highway 101 towards the median just before midnight.

Reynoso was then struck by the vehicle in Santa Barbara near Castillo Street. 

Sadly, she suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The involved driver, ID’d as Isaac Joseph Vargas, 31, was fully cooperative with authorities at the scene. 

The crash remains under investigation.

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Debra Reynoso.

If anyone has information on the accident they are advised to contact CHP at 805-967-1234. 

There was a 26% increase in pedestrian deaths in California from 2014-2018.

In addition, California’s pedestrian fatality rate is about 25% higher than the national average.

Tips for pedestrians: 

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid distractions (use of headphones, cell phone) 
  • Obey traffic laws & signals
  • Always use crosswalk

If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits. 

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