Driver hits and kills 90-year-old pedestrian in Santa Barbara

A 90-year-old man was struck by a car while crossing the street in downtown Santa Barbara Saturday evening. He died Sunday morning. [KCOY]

Shortly before 7 p.m., Gilbert William Ramirez, of Santa Barbara, was walking westbound in a crosswalk in the 500 block of State Street when a 65-year-old driver heading northbound crashed into him.

The driver, whom police have not identified, stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, though the driver may have been distracted.

Officers did not make an arrest.

Last month, a 91-year-old man was also struck and killed while walking on State Street. Ted Johnson, the founder of the Snowbird ski resort in Utah, died after being struck by an allegedly drunk driver.

Johnson died in the collision shortly after being evacuated following the Montecito mudslides. In this case, the driver is charged with vehicular manslaughter and multiple DUI counts.

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