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DUI arrest made following deadly hit and run

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An unidentified woman who appeared to have been struck by at least one vehicle was found dead early Wednesday on state Route 15 in North Park, and a driver whose car might have hit her was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving several hours later in Coronado, authorities reported.
   
Motorists began reporting that there was debris and what appeared to be a mannequin strewn across the southbound side of the freeway just south of Interstate 805 at about 1:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
   
Responding CHP officers determined that it was a body on the roadway near scattered clothing and other objects. The dead woman, who appeared to have been in her 50s, was carrying no identification, CHP spokesman Tony Contreras said.
   
Officers closed two lanes in the area for several hours to allow for investigation and cleanup. Witnesses described having seen a woman walking and pushing a shopping cart alongside SR-15 in the area shortly before the fatality was reported, Contreras said.
   
About 4:30 a.m., a motorist reported that a possible drunk driver was heading north on Silver Strand Boulevard, Coronado police spokeswoman Lea Corbin said. Officers stopped the DUI suspect near Tarawa Road and arrested him.
   
Noticing damage and what appeared to be blood on the front of the man's green Kia Rio, the patrol personnel checked with dispatchers to determine if any area agencies were looking for a hit-and-run vehicle and learned about the fatality in San Diego, officials said.
   
Officers took the 18-year-old motorist, whose name was not immediately available, into custody along with a 22-year-old man who had been riding in the car.
   
CHP personnel questioned the pair about the fatal freeway accident for hours before leaving them in the custody of Coronado police. One of the men was cited on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and the other for alleged public intoxication, after which they were released on their own recognizance.
   
Though they were not immediately arrested, the men were considered potential persons of interest in connection with the freeway fatality, Contreras said.
   
It remained unclear late this afternoon if there actually was blood on the Kia, according to Contreras.
   
The CHP spokesman said he did not know how the men explained the condition of the front of the car to investigators, or if they made any statements about it at all.

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