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Pedestrian Dies Following Rancho Peñasquitos Hit-and-Run, Driver Arrested

The San Diego Police Department seal is seen on an officer's uniform in this undated photo.
The San Diego Police Department seal is seen on an officer's uniform in this undated photo.

A 20-year-old woman was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence after she gravely injured a 37-year-old woman on a Rancho Peñasquitos sidewalk, then allegedly fled the scene.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. Sunday on Black Mountain Road, north of Carmel Mountain Road, according to San Diego police.

A gold-colored 2006 Nissan Sentra driven by a 20-year-old woman — with two passengers inside — was heading south in the 13700 block of Black Mountain Road when the car veered to the right, went onto a sidewalk, damaged a fence, then struck the woman, Sgt. Tim Underwood said in a statement.


The victim, 37-year-old Nang Arm, was taken to a Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she was pronounced dead at 3:48 a.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Nissan continued a short distance down the street, where it also hit a water line before it came to a stop, Underwood said. The driver, later identified as Evelin J. Nunez, got out of the car and walked away.

Detectives responded to the scene and determined that Nunez caused the crash, the sergeant said. She was contacted, returned to the scene and was taken into custody.

Detectives also interviewed her two passengers, who were released, Underwood said.

Nunez was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run and gross vehicular manslaughter, according to jail records. She was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending arraignment, set for Wednesday afternoon.

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