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Motorist hit, killed by suspected DUI driver after exiting crashed vehicle in Serra Mesa

A driver was hit by a suspected drunken driver and killed late Wednesday when she got out of her car after it crashed into the center divide of Interstate 805 in the Serra Mesa area.

The woman, who wasn’t identified, was driving north on Interstate 805, south of Murray Ridge Road, when she crashed into the center divide around 11:55 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Salvador Castro.

After the crash, the woman got out of her car and started walking in the freeway lanes. That’s when she was hit by a Toyota sedan driven by a 24-year-old San Diego woman, Castro said.

The force of the collision propelled the pedestrian’s body into the southbound lanes of the freeway. The woman died before she could be taken to a hospital. Her name was not immediately available and will be released after the county Medical Examiner’s Office notifies her family.

The Toyota driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, Castro said.

This is the second time this week a motorist got out of a car after crashing and was fatally struck by another vehicle.

On Sunday night, the 26-year-old Bonita man lost control of his pickup as he was heading south on Interstate 5 from eastbound Interstate 8 in the Old Town area and slammed into the divider.

The vehicle overturned and landed on its wheel in a southbound lane. The driver then got out of the truck, jumped the divider and stepped into the fast lane on the northbound side of I-5, where an Acura sedan struck him, according to the CHP.



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