Suspected DUI driver kills man on I-8

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LAKESIDE, Calif. – A 42-year-old Mexicali man was killed when a suspected drunken driver hit him while he and his wife were stopped on the side of Interstate 8 east of Lakeside, according to California Highway Patrol.

The victim was driving a Chevy Astro minivan that was towing an Acura Integra east on Interstate 8 near Lake Jennings Park Road with his wife close behind in a Toyota Tercel, about 4:10 a.m., CHP Officer Brian Pennings said. One of the vehicles experienced mechanical problems and both the victim and his wife pulled their vehicles onto the right shoulder. The man got out of the van and walked back to talk to his wife through her driver’s side window, Pennings said.

Shortly after, 38-year-old Jeremiah Smith of Alpine was driving a GMC 2500 and drifted onto the right shoulder hitting the Toyota and victim, Pennings said.

The victim died at the scene, Pennings said. His name was not released.

Neither the victim’s wife nor Smith was injured, Pennings said. Smith was arrested, Pennings said. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail for suspicion of felony drunken driving and gross vehicular manslaughter, according to jail records.

He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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