Driver Pleads Guilty to Hitting Lincoln Park Man Who Died in Crash

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A motorist who fled after hitting a Lincoln Park man near his home pleaded guilty Tuesday to hit-and-run resulting in death.

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Darius Jordan Runnells, 22, surrendered to police on April 11, six days after the death of 57-year-old Ruben Meza.

The victim was walking away from his parked truck toward his apartment when a southbound sedan with black rims hit him at high speed in the 1200 block of South 47th Street, then sped off about 8:15 p.m. on April 5, said San Diego Police Lt. Scott Bender.

Medics took the victim to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Runnells will be sentenced on June 7.

—City News Service

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