Katherine Peden ID’d as Bicyclist Killed in Goleta Crash on Calle Real near Violet Lane
Goleta, California (May 2, 2020) – The bicyclist who was killed Sunday night in a suspected hit-and-run accident in Goleta has been identified as Katherine Stewert Peden, 59, of Goleta.
Authorities said Peden was riding his bicycle eastbound on Calle Real when she was struck by a vehicle that was also heading eastbound on the same road.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene and pronounced Peden dead at the scene.
The driver involved did not stop to render aid to the victim and fled the scene. The suspect, identified as Nicholas Todd Baker, 20, was later tracked down and arrested for driving under the influence causing injury, involuntary vehicular manslaughter, and hit and run causing injury or death.
Baker was booked at the Main Jail with a bail of $1,000,000.
Authorities closed a section of Calle Real to investigated the accident.
The crash remains under investigation.
“Far too many bicycle collisions are caused by the carelessness or recklessness of other motorists. Sadly, when this occurs, motorcyclists are the ones who tend to suffer the vast majority of injuries”, according to Arin Khodaverdian, Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group. Under California’s rule of comparative negligence, a victim may be able to collect compensation for injuries and other damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident.