Woman hit, killed while walking along I-5 near Balboa Park


SAN DIEGO — A woman died Thursday after she was hit by a car while walking along Interstate 5 near Balboa Park, according to police.

California Highway Patrol got a report around 7 a.m. of a woman walking along I-5 north south of Pershing Drive, according to a news release from the agency. Moments later, dispatch got calls about a pedestrian hit by a car near B Street and the Pershing Drive exit.

First responders took the woman to the hospital, where she died from her injuries. The driver of the vehicle involved, a silver Ford SUV, stopped at the crash site and was cooperating with officers, CHP said.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the driver hitting the woman. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office was working to identify the victim and perform a toxicology report, law enforcement said.

Two left lanes of I-5 were closed for more than an hour as officers investigated. Traffic was backed up south of Pershing, according to FOX 5’s live traffic map, and the roadway reopened around 8:10 a.m.

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