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SAN DIEGO – The Lyft driver who was killed on state Route 94 at Golden Hill over the weekend was publicly identified Sunday by the medical examiner’s office.

Henry Reyes, 41, of Escondido, was killed and his three passengers were injured by a hit-and-run driver whose vehicle rear-ended him as he was parked on the side of a freeway, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Reyes died at the scene of the 1:12 a.m. crash on the shoulder of eastbound SR-94, just west of the 28th Street off-ramp, the medical examiner’s office said in a statement.

The three women passengers were taken to hospitals with undisclosed injuries. They were pulled over on the side of the freeway because one of the passengers began vomiting in the car.

The car that hit them ended up down an embankment and the two men who were inside the vehicle fled the area and were later caught with the help of a San Diego Police helicopter, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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