Elderly man suspected of DUI, fleeing after hitting pedestrian

SAN DIEGO – An elderly, suspected drunk driver was arrested after hitting a woman walking in Bankers Hill and leaving the area, officials said Wednesday.

It happened shortly after 8:45 p.m. Tuesday near First Avenue and the on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.

A woman was walking when she was hit by the driver of a Lexus sedan, who kept driving away from the scene, Doerr said. Medics took the woman to a hospital for treatment of extensive and potentially life-threatening trauma, the spokesman said.

Daniel Murillo Velasquez of Carlsbad, 74, was arrested at his home around 11:20 p.m. on suspicion of drunken driving and the hit-and-run crash. Witnesses had provided a license plate number that matched his Lexus.

The on-ramp was closed following the crash, according to Doerr. It was reopened at 11:10 p.m.