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Teen driver strikes, kills pedestrian in La Presa

A 17-year-old driver struck and killed a pedestrian who walked in front of his station wagon Friday night near a shopping center in the La Presa area of Spring Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It happened about 7:10 p.m. on Sweetwater Road south of Jamacha Road, Highway Patrol Officer Matthew Baranowski said in a news release. Sweetwater Road runs parallel to state Route 125 in the area next to a shopping center with a Target and other stores.

The teen driver, accompanied by another boy, was headed north in a 2010 Volvo XC90 station wagon when a man walked “directly in front of the Volvo” from the shopping center side of the street, Baranowski said.

The victim, whose identity authorities did not yet know Friday night, suffered major injuries and died at the scene, Baranowski said. The Volvo’s driver and passenger were uninjured and remained at the crash site.

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