Car flies off freeway, strikes pedestrian

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI Friday after her car veered off a freeway in Chula Vista and seriously injured a pedestrian before erupting in flames.

The crash was reported around 2:05 a.m. near southbound Interstate 5 and J Street, California Highway Patrol Officer Salvador Castro said.

A woman was driving her sedan southbound on I-5 when the vehicle swerved off the right shoulder across the J Street on-ramp and went down an embankment off Bay Boulevard, then struck a homeless man in an encampment before bursting into flames.

The driver and the pedestrian were both taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of major injuries, Castro said. Their ages and names were not immediately available.

Once medically cleared, the woman was expected to be booked on suspicion of felony DUI, Castro said.

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