Teen Pedestrian Killed in Santa Ynez Valley

Last Thursday evening, a Santa Ynez Valley Union High School student was struck and killed by a minivan. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened sometime around 6:50 p.m. on Highway 246, west of Refugio Road. An elderly driver in a minivan hit the teen. She was on her way home from an FFA event at school at the time of the crash. She only lived a few blocks away.

Carina Velazquez, a 15-year-old freshman, passed away at the hospital on Thursday night. Although alcohol and drugs were not believed to be factors in this crash, the CHP is still investigating the collision. They’re asking any witnesses to contact the Buellton CHP office.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends, loved ones and classmates of Carina Velazquez.

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