Elderly woman dies after box truck hits her on I-8

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SAN DIEGO – An elderly woman was killed when a box truck hit her on Interstate 8 near Lake Jennings Park Monday, California Highway Patrol officer said.

Maria Elena Dowden, 83, of El Cajon was out of her Ford Focus and walking on the side of the westbound lanes at 3:50 p.m. She was hit by the truck.

CHP issued an alert about a lane closure due to the fatality.  The lanes were reopened by 5:20 p.m.