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Elderly woman dies after friend accidentally runs her over

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — An 83-year-old woman died after her friend accidentally ran her over Wednesday in a residential community near Lake San Marcos.

An 83-year-old San Marcos man was backing out of a parking space at an apartment complex on Circa Del Lago, a private street near San Marino Drive, and accidentally struck the woman as she stepped off the curb around 5:45 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The driver stopped immediately after the crash, attempted to assist his friend and had a bystander call 911, Bettencourt said.

Paramedics took the woman to Palomar Medical Center, where she died, according to the officer. Her name was not immediately available.