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Deputies Arrest Driver in Fatal Vista Hit and Run

San Diego County sheriff’s deputies arrested the driver of a Chevy Suburban believed to have been involved in the death of a pedestrian Monday.

At approximately 7:17 p.m., Vista Fire Department and Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident off North Santa Fe Avenue and East Drive, where a 17-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed, according to deputies.

The victim had just gotten off a bus, looked both ways, then began jay-walking toward the crosswalk, according to witnesses who spoke with NBC 7. 

A dark colored vehicle was driving down Santa Fe Avenue and apparently did not see the pedestrian in time.

The driver tried swerving around the victim but hit him with his mirror before running him over, witnesses said.

The light was green and the driver had the right of way, but the driver did not stop after running over the victim, the witnesses told deputies.

The suspect, a 22-year-old male, was at large until deputies reported him arrested at approximately 10:55 p.m.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be a factor in the incident, according to SDSO.

The victim has not been identified yet, but was declared deceased at the scene. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact SDSO at (858) 565-5200.

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