In the past week, two more victims have been killed by hit-and-run drivers – making this the deadliest year for such accidents since 2009.
Just after midnight on June 19, 32-year-old Sandro Garcia hit and killed a woman who was walking across Interstate 5 downtown. Garcia fled the scene, but called California Highway Patrol a short while later to report the collision. He was arrested at his home.
Two days later, the body of 27-year-old Amber Schei was discovered in the brush just off Nimitz Boulevard in Ocean Beach. She had apparently been skateboarding when she was struck and killed. San Diego Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver.
Both fatalities fit one of the few discernible patterns to emerge from local hit-and-run accidents: Most occur on or near freeways (Schei’s body was found near an onramp to the I-8 and I-5 freeways).