CARLSBAD, California – Hortencia Perez, 29, of Encinitas died Thursday night shortly after she was struck by a Toyota 4 Runner while exiting her car on the shoulder of Rancho Santa Fe Road near Calle Barcelona, according to a San Diego County Medical Examiner report.
According to the report, Perez was driving her Honda Civic sedan with a passenger and had become distraught over the death of her father earlier this month. The friend told police that she pulled the car over just after 10 p.m., but unknowingly stopped the car between the bicycle lane and traffic lanes. When she exited the car she was struck down by a passing motorist in the Toyota who slammed into the back of her vehicle and also struck her, the report said.
Paramedics responding to the scene of the crash transported the injured woman to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where she died of her injuries at 11:22 p.m., the report said.
“Carlsbad Police Department is investigating the traffic incident,” the report said.
“There truly are no words that can lift the burden of grief and sorrow this young lady’s family are experiencing right now,” Attorney West Thomas said. “My thoughts and prayers are with both her family and friends.”
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