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Man arrested following fatal traffic collision on South Coast

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Santa Barbara Police say Jeep rear-ends motorcycle, throwing cyclist 85 feet.

A motorcyclist is dead, and the driver of an SUV is facing a manslaughter charge following a collision on the South Coast.

It happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday near Ortega Park in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Police investigators say the motorcyclist was driving south on Salsipuedes Street. They say an SUV, also headed south, rear-ended the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was thrown 85 feet. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcycle careened another half block, and smashed into a parked car. The SUV then hit a parked pickup truck.

Officers identified the driver of the SUV as Raul A. Gonzalez of Santa Barbara. They say the 48-year-old man was arrested for felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony DUI causing injury or death.

The name of the victim hasn't been released yet.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.