Pedestrian fatally struck near North County shopping center

ESCONDIDO, Calif. –A man died after being struck by a car in Escondido, officials said Sunday.

Dispatchers were first alerted to the crash just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Police and firefighters responded to the junction of Centre City Parkway and State Route 78, where they found a Honda Civic had hit a 36-year- old man, Escondido Police Lt. Mike Kearney said.

The 40-year-old male driver of the Civic had been traveling southbound and struck the other man just prior to a freeway entrance.

Paramedics tried to save the pedestrian, but he died at the scene, Kearney said.

Traffic detectives were investigating the crash.

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