Driver investigated for possible DUI after striking man in Costa Mesa

COSTA MESA, Calif. (KABC) -- A woman driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV left the road and fatally struck a pedestrian in Costa Mesa on Friday.

Costa Mesa police said the car was driving southbound on Newport Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. when it drove up on the sidewalk near Fort Road.

The driver, identified as 45-year-old Anna Marie McPherson, then hit a light pole, an electrical box a bus bench and a tree, along with the 64-year-old man.

Authorities said the pedestrian was rushed to the hospital with major injuries and later died.

The identity of the victim was not released pending next of kin.

Police said the driver was under investigation for possible DUI after showing signs of impairment and was later arrested.

She was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter as the case remained under investigation.
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