Pedestrian Struck, Abandoned on On-Ramp

CHP responded to reports of a person lying on the side of Nimitz Blvd.

By Lauren Steussy
|  Monday, Mar 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:57 PM PDT
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Robert Vonder Reith, a friend of the graduate student Sho Funai who died after being struck by a vehicle, spoke to NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine about taking responsibility behind the wheel.

Robert Vonder Reith, a friend of the graduate student Sho Funai who died after being struck by a vehicle, spoke to NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine about taking responsibility behind the wheel.

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A pedestrian was struck and killed near an Ocean Beach on-ramp Sunday morning.

The victim was 23-year-old Sho Funai, a graduate student at UC San Diego.

The California Highway Patrol received a call at about 4:39 a.m. Sunday that a person was lying on the side of Nimitz Blvd., on the ramp to Interstate 8, according to a CHP report.

When authorities arrived on the scene, they found Funai deceased on the shoulder of the road. There were no other vehicles or witnesses.

Police shut down the on-ramp while they investigated the incident.

An 18 year old woman turned herself into the California Highway Patrol in connection with the hit-and-run accident that killed Funai. Nikolett Kristina Gallo was booked into Las Colinas on suspicion of felony DUI and felony hit-and-run. 
 

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