A pedestrian is killed by an alleged drunk motorist in Vista

A 29-year-old Vista resident was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), manslaughter and hit-and-run charges on Friday, March 9.

On the following day, a spokesperson with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) released a statement acknowledging that a 51-year-old man had been struck and killed near the intersection of Palmyra and Estrelita Drives at around 8:14 p.m. the previous evening.

A report filed in the case captures how witnesses to the crash reportedly saw the defendant driving his white pickup trust fast down Palmyra Drive shortly before the incident occurred. It was apparently as the man was approaching that roadway's intersection with Estrelita Drive that his GMC Sierra seemingly veered right and collided into the pedestrian.

The decedent was apparently in the process of crossing Estrelita Drive at the time he was struck. He expired at the crash scene.

CHP notes that witnesses didn't see the pickup driver make any attempt to stop his vehicle after crashing into the man. Police investigators conducted a sweep of the area and were successful in locating the 29-year-old's truck within a quarter-mile of the scene of the fatal accident. They made contact with the resident living at the home that the car was parked in front of and placed him under arrest.

It's unclear when the next hearing is in the matter.

Both drunk and reckless driving are dangerous by themselves. When combined together, they almost always have deadly consequences. If you've lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent drunk driver, then a Vista attorney can advise you of your right to file a wrongful death case to recover funeral expenses and other costs.

Source: Fox 5 San Diego, "Police make arrest in fatal hit-and-run, suspected DUI," Kristen Shanahan, March 09, 2018

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