Driver, 20, Turns Self in for Pedestrian Fatality in Ocean Crest

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A pedestrian was struck and killed Monday by a vehicle in the Ocean View Hills area, police said. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A young man who was behind the wheel of a car that struck and killed a pedestrian on an Ocean Crest-area street two weeks ago was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter.

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Carlos Eduardo Franco, 20, turned himself in to investigators at the San Diego Police Department‘s Traffic Division station in Kearny Mesa about 10 a.m. in connection with the death of 66-year-old Carmelo Figueroa, SDPD Sgt. Victoria Houseman said.

Franco was allegedly speeding when his eastbound 2012 Ford Fusion hit Figueroa in the 4400 block of Del Sol Boulevard about 7 a.m. July 30. The impact hurled the San Diego man about 180 feet, after which he was struck by another vehicle, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

Figueroa, who was legally crossing the street at the time of the accident, died at the scene, the sergeant said.

Franco remained at the scene of the crash and cooperated with detectives investigating the fatality, according to Houseman. Prior to surrendering Tuesday morning, he had been informed that police intended to seek charges against him in the case, she said.

Franco was being held at San Diego Central Jail on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

— City News Service

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