OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A pedestrian killed by a suspected DUI driver last weekend was an active-duty Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, according to a Medical Examiner’s report.
Juan Muniz III, 22, was walking on North Coast Highway in Oceanside around 1 a.m. last Sunday when he was hit and killed, officials said. The collision happened as Muniz tried to cross at the Sportfisher Drive intersection, according to police.
The young Marine was found unresponsive and rushed to the hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.
Muniz was a native of Kingsville, Texas, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.
“The entire Combat Logistics Battalion 11 was devastated to hear the news of Sgt. Muniz’s death and our thoughts are with his family and friends after this terrible tragedy,” Lt. Col. Gary Thompson said in a statement. “He was a talented, bright, young Marine and he will be missed.”
Muniz’s had been recognized with the National Defense Service Medal and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.
The driver, identified as 31-year-old William Vaden, stopped after the collision and spoke to police. He was eventually arrested on suspicion of DUI, Oceanside Police Department said. Vaden was booked into jail in Vista.