An ambulance in San Diego. Photo by Megan Wood for inewsource

A pedestrian was critically injured Sunday when she was struck by an allegedly drunk, hit-and-run driver in Rancho Penasquitos.

Medics responded to a call at 7:07 a.m. on Black Mountain Road and Carmel Mountain Road, where they found an unconscious woman with face injuries, San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said.

A gold-colored 2006 Nissan Sentra carrying three people was heading south in the 13700 block of Black Mountain Road when it veered to the right, SDPD Sgt. Tim Underwood said.

The car went onto a sidewalk, damaged a fence, then struck the victim, a woman in 30s, She was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Hawlins said.

The car continued a short distance down the street, where it also hit a water line before it came to a stop. The driver left the car and walked away.

Several passersby stopped at the scene to render aid to the woman and emergency personnel, Underwood said.

Detectives contacted the suspected driver, who then returned to the scene and was arrested.

The suspect, identified as Uvelyn Nunez-Jaramillo, was booked in the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony hit and run.

Detectives also interviewed Nunez-Jaramillo’s two passengers, who were released, Underwood said.

Updated at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.