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Police Lights NightSAN DIEGO — A pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate 5 early Thursday by a driver who allegedly fled following the crash but later called authorities to report the crash, authorities said.

The driver of a Ford Focus struck the woman shortly after midnight in the freeway’s southbound lanes north of the connector road to state Route 163, according to the California Highway Patrol. Her name was not immediately available.

Sandro Garcia, 32, later called the CHP and said he had been involved in the crash, according to CHP Officer Tommy Doerr. He was arrested at his San Diego residence on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run shortly after 3:30 a.m., the officer said.

Two southbound lanes were temporarily closed from First Avenue to state Route 163 along with the connector road to the highway, prompting the issuance of a SigAlert, but the California Highway Patrol reported the roadway as cleared at about 2:10 a.m.