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Man hit and killed in Vista while changing tire on freeway center divide

A 22-year-old woman was arrested for DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter after plowing into a man changing a tire on SR-78 in Vista.

VISTA, Calif. — A man was hit and killed by a person accused of DUI in Vista Sunday morning while changing a tire in a freeway's center divide.

California Highway Patrol was dispatched to the eastbound lanes of State Route 78 near South Emerald Drive around 10:30 a.m. following crash reports. 

Officers later received reports before arriving on the scene that a car pulled over in the center divide of SR-78 was struck by another car, California Highway Patrol reports detailed.

The person who called 911 to report the crash told dispatchers that the situation was "dire" and they needed help before disconnecting the call.

Video from the scene showed a grey Chevrolet HHR with substantial damage to the rear passenger side and a grey Buick sedan that reportedly crashed into the Chevrolet HHR that was parked on the center divide.

California Highway Patrol said the Buick sedan struck the man while changing a tire.

The unidentified man was pronounced dead on the scene.

A technician specializing in impairment checks was also requested to the scene.

The driver of the Buick sedan was identified as 22-year-old Isabella Herrera from Oceanside, California.

"At approximately 12:22 p.m., the female driver, Isabella Herrera, was subsequently arrested by California Highway Patrol officers from the Oceanside Area. She faces multiple charges related to this incident, including felony driving under the influence (DUI) and gross vehicular manslaughter," Officer Hunter Gerber told CBS 8.

The California Highway Patrol asked anyone with information or who witnessed this incident to contact the California Highway Patrol Oceanside Area office at (760) 643-3400.

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