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Woman Faces 1st-Degree Murder Charge After Parking Lot Fight Turns Deadly in Kearny Mesa

The suspect and victim had been visiting a bar and restaurant in the area before the fight, officers said.

A San Diego woman was arrested and booked on four felony charges Friday after she ran over her friend in a Kearny Mesa parking lot, killing him, San Diego police said. 

Latisha Cherme Ingram, 33, was booked on charges of first-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and hit and run resulting in death or injury. 

Ingram was involved in an argument with a male friend in a parking lot off of Convoy Street near Dagget Street around 11:30 p.m., according to San Diego police. 

The two had been visiting a bar and restaurant in the area before the fight, officers said.

Ingram was behind the wheel of a car and her friend was holding onto the car when Ingram started to drive away, one witness said. 

Ingram drove out of the parking lot and turned south on Convoy Street. 

Preliminary reports from officers at the scene say the man let go of the car and was run over by the vehicle. 

The unidentified man, described only as 25 years old, died later at a nearby hospital. 

Ingram returned to the scene a short time after the incident and was arrested, police said. 

NBC 7 spoke with Kiana Smith, an employee at the nearby Raki Raki restaurant. The woman who was arrested had been refused service because she was "clearly drunk," the employee said. 

“I think he was trying to be a good citizen, stop her from drinking and driving,” Smith said.

The victim had been on a date with his own girlfriend and tried to stop Ingram from driving, the employee continued. 

“It looked like she was trying to get in her car but she was obviously way too drunk to drive so the guy was trying to stop her from driving,” Smith said. “He was really just trying to be a good citizen and I completely applaud him for that.”

NBC7 tried speaking with a woman who said she was Latisha Ingram’s roommate in North Park. The woman declined an interview but did say Ingram is a good person and this had to be an accident.

No other information was available.

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