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3 people injured in hit-and-run near Pechanga Arena; Driver arrested

San Diego Police
Posted at 11:27 AM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 09:24:35-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A suspected drugged driver was in custody this morning in connection with a hit-and-run crash near the Pechanga Arena in San Diego that left three pedestrians hospitalized.

The two women and a man were crossing from the north side of the 3500 block of Sports Arena Boulevard outside of a crosswalk at 9:30 p.m. Friday when the driver of a silver 2000 Ford Mustang exited the Home Depot parking lot on the south side of the street, turned right and struck the pedestrians in the No. 2 lane of the street, according to Sgt. Michael Tansey of the San Diego Police Department.

The driver continued eastbound on Sports Arena Boulevard, but his vehicle was later spotted by Harbor Police in the 2000 block of Shelter Island Drive. Witnesses at the crash scene positively identified the Mustang driver, Marc Wohlfeil, 54, of San Diego, as the person who fled after striking the pedestrians. He was taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and DUI drugs, Tansey said.

The pedestrians were taken to a hospital. A 55-year-old woman suffered fractures to her face and a brain bleed. A second woman, age 60, sustained a fractured pelvis and left ankle and a 54-year-old man suffered a minor leg injury and cuts to his hands, Tansey said.

A San Diego Gulls game had just ended moments before the crash, but it was unclear whether the injured pedestrians had attended the hockey game.