Woman hit, killed by armored truck on 22nd birthday


San Diego Police spent hours investigating how an armored truck struck and killed a woman who was walking in the parking lot of a busy UTC-area shopping mall.

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — A woman died after she was hit by an armored truck in a La Jolla shopping center on her 22nd birthday.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the La Jolla Village Square in the 8600 block of Villa La Jolla, a Garda armored truck was making a right turn when it hit the woman, dragging her a short distance, according to San Diego police.

The woman’s boyfriend, Hunter Chenier, saw the accident. He told FOX 5 they were out celebrating her 22nd birthday.

“This [Garda] truck comes around the corner kind of fast and she was worried about the dog so she was waving her arms and then the [Garda] truck just kind of slammed her and she went under the front and back wheels,” Chenier said. “I ran up to her and was just making sure she was talking and she was talking, so that was a good sign.”

The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for major trauma, police said. She later died of her injuries.

Chenier said his girlfriend’s name was Mika Jones and she lived in Carmel Valley.

“It’s her birthday, I was going to take her to a nice dinner … it was her 22nd birthday,” Chenier said.

The driver of the armored truck, whose name was not released, remained at the scene and was cooperative with the investigation, Buttle said. Alcohol was not suspected as a factor in the collision.

The San Diego Police Department’s traffic division was investigating the accident.

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