press release - 03111701

Pedestrian Fatally Injured by Train in Montecito


UPDATED - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the pedestrian who was fatally injured by an Amtrak passenger train earlier today, March 11, 2017.  The subject has been identified as 18-year-old Connor O’Keefe of Santa Barbara.  Next of kin was notified.

The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.  If you have any information to provide, please contact the Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office at (805) 681-4145.



Montecito - March 11th, 2017


At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, March 11, 2017, a young male adult was walking northbound along the railroad tracks near Fernald Point Lane in Montecito when he was fatally injured by a an Amtrak passenger train that was headed northbound as well.  The train engineer observed the subject on the tracks and activated the horn, whistle and braking system, but the subject did not respond and was struck by the train. 


The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is in the process of making a next of kin notification and is conducting an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.  An official cause and manner of death is pending toxicology and lab results.

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