LAKESIDE (CNS) - A suspected drugged driver was behind bars Monday after allegedly running down a woman walking near Lakeside.
Joel Joseph Silva, 33 of Julian, somehow allowed his 2015 Toyota Rav4 to drift onto the shoulder of westbound Woodside Avenue near Riverview Avenue where it struck the pedestrian, then a metal pole, a light standard and a gate shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, according to California Highway Patrol.
The woman died at the scene. Her name was not immediately available, but Pearlstein said she was a 34-year-old Lakeside resident.
Pearlstein said "several" medication bottles were found inside the SUV following the crash. The driver told investigators he fell asleep at the wheel, according to news reports.
Silva was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter while under the influence and has since been booked into San Diego Central Jail, according to Pearlstein and jail records.
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