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Pedestrian Killed on State Route 79


Last updated 1/5/2018 at 11:19am

A 59-year-old man was killed on state Route 79 north of Warner Springs Wednesday Jan. 3.

California Highway Patrol responded to the incident on southbound SR-79 Chihuahua Valley Road in Warner Springs at around 7:15 p.m.

The pedestrian, whose name has not been released, was walking on or near the white painted line marking the right edge of the road when a Ford F-250 approached.

The truck was driven by Jeffrey Scott Littrell, 48, from Warner Springs, went around a “sweeping right hand curve, and for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle struck the pedestrian,” California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said. “The pedestrian was thrown onto the west dirt shoulder where he succumbed to his injuries.”

Littrell pulled over and awaited the arrival of emergency responders. CHP officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol, and arrested him on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Jail records show Littrell was being held in the San Diego County Jail Thursday on $100,000 bail, and he was tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Friday in an El Cajon courtroom.

About 45 minutes after the deadly incident near Warner Springs, a second pedestrian was fatally wounded in a hit-and-run crash on the same desert and mountain highway about 25 miles to the south near Santa Ysabel. That is still under investigation.

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