UPDATE: Woman Who Died Crossing PCH is ID'ed

It's the second time in six months that a pedestrian was struck on the same stretch of PCH, and the same area where three cyclists where struck by a driver Saturday. Holly Barish-Sablich had celebrated her 22nd birthday a few days earlier.

A 22-year-old woman attempting to walk across Pacific Coast Highway in Surfside on Sunday was killed almost instantly after being struck by an SUV.

The accident happened just before 9 p.m. on PCH north of Anderson Street. According to the Seal Beach Police Department, the woman was attempting to cross the street outside of a sidewalk or controlled intersection. Paramedics attempted to save her on the scene, but she died from her injuries.

On Monday, she was identified as Holly Barish-Sablich of Huntington Beach. She had turned 22 on Feb. 1.

The driver was taken to the Seal Beach Police Department. Upon further investigation, police released the driver after determining that the driver was not under the influence at the time of the accident.

The accident occurred along the same stretch of roadway where three cyclists were injured in a hit and run involving a drunk driver, according to police. In September, a 64-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck while trying to cross the street in the same stretch of PCH in Surfside. He was also crossing outside the crosswalk.

The Seal Beach Police Department is requesting anyone who witnessed Sunday’s collision to contact Traffic Investigator Jeff Gibson at 562.799.4100 x 1641 with any information.

Nikki Illingworth February 06, 2012 at 02:43 PM
That sounds like the area by Starbucks in sunset beach
Lisa Woodruff February 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
The area right in front of Taco Surf is bad also. My husband's car has been rear ended there twice.
chris roy February 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I remember someone getting killed at the same spot, which was right out front of the old Sam's Seafood when I lived in Sunset Bdach as a child during the 1950's. The signal at Anderson St was supposed to prevent those kinds of accidents, provided one used it and crossed PCH there.
Emily Knell February 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Do the paramedics check to see if the pedestrian was intoxicated?
AIRX February 06, 2012 at 09:00 PM
YUP.. . with that light at Anderson, people actually accelerate to beat the light and people that are not using the crosswalk to cross a HIGHWAY get hit . They think they can walk faster than a car? Also the combination of restaurants, bike riders, the driveways, jaywalkers and drunk or speeding drivers is a formula for a disaster! We are averaging a death a year on the small strip there.
Pam corwin February 06, 2012 at 10:15 PM
My sons classmate n friend so sad
Emily Knell February 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
So very sad, my heart goes out to both the driver & the young victim.
Paige Austin February 06, 2012 at 11:29 PM
That is so tragic! I am so sorry.
Kenneth Larson February 07, 2012 at 04:38 AM
With high-powered cars nowadays, drivers may drive too fast and can't stop in time if a pedestrian crosses or a street is dark. Also older seniors shouldn't drive--news reports say some older drivers have hit people and killed them. I stopped driving at age 83 and take a taxi to stores, etc. Besides, I estimated operating a car by the year costs much more than taking a taxi all year. Also older people can get permament "City Ride" cards to hand cab drivers to slide through the slot at reduced prices.
Chuck Morales February 07, 2012 at 08:07 AM
This stretch of roadway is extremely dangerous, there needs to be caution lights and a speed alert as drivers exceed the speed limit all the time. This is a beach community, peds, skaters, scooters, bicyclists and tourists. My heart goes out to this young lady's family, I couldn't stop thinking about her the last 24hrs. God Bless You Holly.
Kenneth Larson February 07, 2012 at 06:26 PM
What with the breaking news that Israel might hit Iran with rockets so as to keep Iran from launching nuclear missiles against Israel first, drivers tend to drive faster nowadays due to stress and anxiety and worry about the Middle East situation and also because new cars are very speedy due to smaller but at the same time higher-powered engines (a paradox for sure). So speeding drivers in high-powered cars don't see pedestrians at night or on the street and may hit them and should slow down and watch out for pedestrians and other cars. As an 86-year-old American military veteran of World War Two, I am sorry about the 22-year-old girl being hit and killed right at the peak of her youthful vitality and charm.
Tracy Richelli February 09, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I was at Daimon's having sushi when this occured.. So very very sad, they had her laying there with a blanket over her for a long time.. So tragic, and so horrible.
Kenneth Larson February 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
If pedestrians are hit by speeding cars on Interstate 5--why don't they build overhead walkways over the freeway so people don't have to actually cross the highway? Or do they already have overhead walkways and pedestrians don't want to walk a long way to get to the overhead passage way and then try to run across the busy highway where they may be hit by car drivers that maybe don't see them?
Karen Ferretti February 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
This is a tragic, tragic story, but I must admit I see so many people trying to cross PCH through this area. So many lanes of traffic, no meridian (just a left hand turn lane), and a cross walk a few hundred feet away. Just use the crosswalk! I think what a lot of people do is park in Peter's Landing and then cross the highway to businesses that line PCH with not enough parking. But what a waste of a life - just for walking a few hundred feet out of the way :(
Chuck Morales February 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Locals, Police (CHP, Sheriff, Seal Beach and HB) and Fire know how dangerous this stretch of highway is and I myself have come close to being hit turning out of a driveway onto PCH as on-coming traffic is deceiving and difficult to gauge, especially at night. Holly Bearish's death must not be in vain and just another statistic, this must stop and we must demand caution lights, pedestrian warning signs, speed alerts you know the one's they put up that tell you your speed as you approach and even raise excessive speeding fines to 3x the amount for this stretch. This is a beach town, people J-walk to get to the beach, restaurant's and business's and drivers are many times in too much of a hurry, texting, talking on cell phones and totally oblivious to the fact they are speeding in three tons of steel. Let us remember Holly Bearish, a beautiful life cut down at the age of 22 years and the family she left behind, she will be missed.


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