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Riverside suspected DUI crash: Pedestrian dead, driver arrested

This Google Maps image indicates the location near Crest Avenue and Babb Avenue in Riverside where authorities say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (Google Maps)

July 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man is dead after being struck by a suspected drunken driver in Riverside early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Riverside police officers and firefighters responded to the collision near Crest Avenue and Babb Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

According to witnesses, Mena Joel Guzman, 19, of Riverside was driving a 1995 Mitsubishi pickup truck north on Crest Avenue. Guzman failed to negotiate a curve, drove onto a sidewalk and struck a 43-year-old man, police said.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

Guzman, the only person in the truck, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI, police said.

The Riverside Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team is looking into the crash.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 826-8723.