Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pedestrian hit by semi on Highway 101


A pedestrian apparently attempting to cross Highway 101 near Milpas Street suffered major injuries after being hit by a semitrailer in the southbound lanes, authorities said.

On Friday at 7:52 p.m., a 43-year-old Panorama City, Calif., man was driving his Peterbuilt semitrailer southbound in the slow lane when a man ran from the right shoulder directly into his path, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The truck driver swerved immediately to his left, but was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian, 32-year-old Santa Barbara resident Jeffery Lyberg, according to a report from the CHP.
The semitrailer also swerved into a Honda Accord driven by a 23-year-old resident of Bishop, Calif., in the middle lane, sideswiping the car. Neither driver suffered injuries, CHP officials said.
Lyberg was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with a fractured left femur, tibia and fibia, authorities said. Hospital officials currently have him listed in fair condition.
The collision is still being investigated, according to the CHP report, and it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor.

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