April 14, 2016 A Santa Barbara police officer, after finishing a ten-hour shift, was driving home on Highway 101 just after 10:30 PM when he struck
April 14, 2016
A Santa Barbara police officer, after finishing a ten-hour shift, was driving home on Highway 101 just after 10:30 PM when he struck and killed a pedestrian. The victim, 34 year-old Daniel Martin Ramos for unknown reasons, was walking in the fast lane on the northbound highway. Lt. Ed Olsen, the off-duty police officer, tried to avoid hitting him but unfortunately was unable too.
The accident occurred in the northbound fast lane on Highway 101 near the Turnpike Road off-ramp just outside of Goleta, California. California Highway Patrol arrived on the scene and pronounced Mr. Ramos dead at the scene.
Lt. Ed Olsen hit his brakes and veered to the left which left skid marks on the road. He suffered minor injuries and was later transported to the hospital for further evaluation. An autopsy and toxicology report will be performed on the deceased to determine if drugs played a part in why Daniel Martin Ramos was out on the highway in the first place.
CHP said that they plan to treat the investigation as they would any other accident, and that it will not receive any special treatment, even though a fellow police officer was involved.