NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - An 89-year-old man was struck and killed on a National City street Monday morning and police say the driver that hit him was intoxicated.
The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. in the 500 block of East Eighth Street.
National City police say the man had just crossed the street when a red Lexus drifted off the road, went up onto a sidewalk and struck him.
The man died at the scene. His name has not been officially released, but his grandson identified him to 10News as Tomas Mondares.
"He was always laughing, always smiling, very jovial," said the victim's grandson, who is also named Thomas Mondares.
He says his grandfather walked to church just a few blocks from his home.
"He was a man of service, a man of love, a huge heart, a devoted Catholic," he added.
Thomas Mondares got the news in Poway and immediately drove south.
"It was a pretty tough ride," he said.
He says his grandfather's prayers helped him survive a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
"He was a strength that I drew upon … and a strength I will continue to draw upon," he said.
The Mondares family is now planning services.
The driver, 57-year-old Kevin Moore of San Diego, stopped about 100 yards away and waited by his car for police.
Police say Moore, who was already on parole for a narcotics charge, was intoxicated. He cooperated with investigators and was later booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI.