Authorities Searching for SUV Driver Who Struck, Killed Woman in Jamul

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Updated at 10:15 a.m. July 27, 2018

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Authorities Friday are searching for the driver of an SUV that struck and killed a woman on state Route 94 in the Jamul area.

Dispatchers received reports around 3:30 a.m. of a collision involving a red SUV and a pedestrian on SR-94 near Steele Canyon Road just east of Steele Canyon High School, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.

The man driving the SUV was traveling eastbound on SR-94 with the woman in the vehicle when she exited and began walking westbound on SR-94 for unknown reasons, CHP Officer Travis Garrow said.

At some point, the man began backing up in the SUV and struck the woman, believed to be in her early to mid-30s, Garrow said.

The victim was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, Doerr said, adding she was pronounced dead either on the way to the hospital or at the hospital.

The identity of the victim was withheld pending family notification.

The man remained on scene for several minutes, but fled before officers arrived, Garrow said.

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He is described as a roughly 5-feet-8-inch black man in his mid-30s weighing around 275 pounds with short hair. He was last seen wearing light colored clothing and a sweatband around his head.

The SUV was last seen heading northbound on Steele Canyon Road north of SR-94, Garrow said.

“At this time it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision,” Garrow said.

CHP officers closed all lanes on eastbound SR-94 around 3:45 a.m. They were reopened around 4:25 a.m., Doerr said.

— City News Service

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