Driver killed when SUV plunges into Sweetwater River

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SAN DIEGO — A man died Friday morning after his car veered off state Route 54 in National City and plunged into Sweetwater River, authorities said.

Just before 5:40 a.m., a man was driving westbound on SR-54 when his Lexus SUV went off the road and into the water, California Highway Patrol said in a news release. The woman who reported the crash said she was walking on a path when the vehicle passed right by her, nearly taking her out, according to a CHP incident log.

Crews had closed the westbound SR-54 ramp to southbound I-5, but reopened both lanes by 9:30 a.m. Traffic was backed up to Highland Avenue.

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