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Pedestrian dies after being hit by driver of rented truck in Park West

A pedestrian died after he was hit by a driver in a rental truck traveling at a high rate of speed Sunday night in the Park West neighborhood, San Diego police said.

A 30-year-old man was driving a Penske truck north on Fifth Avenue near Elm Street when he veered to the right and swiped a parked vehicle shortly after 10 p.m.

The truck then went over the raised buffer curb and struck a male pedestrian sitting there, before hitting a building located on the east side of Fifth Avenue, police said. The age and name of the pedestrian was not released.

The pedestrian died from his injuries at the scene, while the driver suffered significant facial injuries and was taken to a hospital, police said.

According to the police department, alcohol was a factor and the Traffic Division officers are investigating the collision. No further information on the incident was available.

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