San Diego

Man Arrested for DUI After Fatal Collision Near Imperial Beach

A driver suspected of driving under the influence was arrested Tuesday after striking and killing a motorcyclist near Imperial Beach.

At approximately 7:08 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to an emergency call off the Coronado Silver Strand State Beach and Thermal Avenue, according to a report from the San Diego Police Department. 

According to SDPD, a gray Dodge Durango was traveling westbound along the Coronado state beach, when the driver turned left at Thermal Avenue and struck a motorcyclist who was traveling eastbound. 

The victim was a 25-year-old man who died on scene.

One resident recalled hearing the sound of the impact.

"Generally we hear the squealing tires then the crunch afterward if there is an actual accident but tonight there wasn't any squealing. It was just the crunch," said resident Wendy Finsterwald.

During the incident, the SUV also struck a blue car.

The driver of the SUV was described as a 29-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The SUV was not a registered vehicle and should not have been on the road, officials said. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they have placed the suspect on an immigration hold, and depending on the outcome of the man's trial ICE may seek his removal from the U.S. 

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