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Pedestrian Killed in Suspected DUI in Lakeside

The Lakeside woman hit and killed while walking along the road Sunday has been identified.

Kimberly Lynn Eakin, 34, was walking near the intersection of Woodside Avenue and Riverside Avenue near Lakeside Middle School just before 5 p.m.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Officer said a car traveling westbound struck Eakin after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested Joel L. Silva, 33, of Julian and charged him with driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter.

Silva told CHP officers that he fell asleep at the wheel and woke up after the crash. He said he was trying to get back to State Route 67.

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

Junior Maui was just down the street from where it happened last night. He remembers seeing the driver heading westbound on Woodside avenue when he veered off the road and into the corner of the intersection.

“I feel really bad...if they take medicine they should not drive. They should take the license away from people like that,” Maui said.

Silva was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

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