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Cambria woman killed in Santa Barbara in hit-and-run

A Cambria woman out with her daughter on Friday night was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Barbara as she was getting out of her car, according to the CHP.

Victoria Harris, 67, had parked her Toyota Corolla on Hollister Avenue west of Arboleda Road and was standing by it at about 9:40 p.m. when she was struck by a car being driven by Eileen E. Fox, the CHP said.

Harris was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by ambulance where she died, the CHP said. She had been out with her daughter, Meeshell Block, a chef in Santa Barbara at the time, a family friend said.

As Harris was thrown first against her car and then into the roadway, Fox, 50, of Santa Barbara, drove off in her 2013 Nissan Murano, according to the CHP She was later apprehended and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of hit and run and involuntary manslaughter, the CHP said.

Fox was released Saturday after posting a $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 30, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

Harris had lived in Cambria since 2007, when she and husband Daniel Harris moved there from the Los Angeles area to care for her mother, Irina Wilson, according to The Tribune archives. Her mother died in 2010.

Victoria Harris suffered a second loss just two years later when her husband, an actor and musician, died while working on a movie set in Simi Valley, according to Daniel Harris’ obituary.

Friends said the Harrises were devoted to each other. Throughout their 28-year marriage they had often performed as a duo, singing folk and original music, including during seven years when they lived in Stockholm, Sweden. After moving to Cambria, they played at Sandy’s Deli in Cambria and Tognazzini’s Restaurant in Morro Bay.

Owner Mark Tognazzini said the couple played on the restaurant patio several times a month for a few years. “They were really nice people,” he said. “They were both characters, very pleasant.”

Ed Frawley, owner of Central Coast Music in Morro Bay, said he got to know the couple over conversations about music during their frequent visits to his store. “They were just sweet people,” he said. “I loved them both.”

Cambria resident Gloria Fiscalini said she knew Victoria Harris through her mother, Irina Wilson. Fiscalini and Wilson were both members of the Cambria Garden Club.

After her mother died, Harris continued to live in the home near the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, tending the yard her mother had nurtured and enjoying walks on the preserve trails.

“She took such good care of her mother,” Fiscalini said. “She was such a special person. She had a great sense of humor and was a very positive person.”

In addition to her daughter, Meeshell Block, Harris is survived by sister Janine Burke of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Janet Lavelle: 805-781-7931, @janet_lavelle

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