Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Pedestrian Crash

A man pleaded guilty Thursday to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs causing great bodily injury.

Joel Joseph Silva, 33, of Julian fatally hit 34-year-old Kimberly Eakin as she walked along Woodside Avenue in Lakeside November 29.

Authorities say they found at least five bottles of prescription drugs in the car. Silva was arrested after officials administered field sobriety tests.

Silva told authorities he fell asleep at the wheel and woke up after the accident.

He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 21.

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