Married Couple Hit After Driver's Heart Attack

Male motorist died; couple hospitalized

By Michael Gehlken
|  Thursday, Mar 24, 2011  |  Updated 3:02 PM PDT
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Married Couple Hit After Driver's Heart Attack

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A male driver suffered an apparent fatal heart attack Thursday morning before losing control of his vehicle and injuring a married couple in Otay Mesa, officials said.

The man, 56, was transported to a Chula Vista hospital after losing control of his Jeep Cherokee shortly before 9:30 a.m. at 7247 Otay Mesa Rd.

He was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival, said Nick Schuler, Cal Fire Battalion chief.

The Jeep struck a metal barricade, alongside which the pedestrians were either walking or standing, Schuler said.

The couple suffered moderate injuries and were transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Schuler said.

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