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Victim in Traffic Fatality ID'd as Dorothy Stephens, 83, of La Mesa

After the accident, medics took Stephens to a nearby park in preparation to be flown to a hospital, but she died before the arrival of an air ambulance.

Authorities released the name Tuesday of an 83-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a van on a street in unincorporated La Mesa.

Dorothy Stephens of La Mesa was trying to cross the 10800 block of Calle Verde in the Rancho San Diego area with a friend when a Chevrolet Express 3500 hit them about 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Medical Examiner's Office and California Highway Patrol.

Medics took Stephens to a nearby park in preparation to be flown to a hospital, but she died before the arrival of an air ambulance.

Her 77-year-old female companion was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, CHP public-affairs Officer Brian Pennings said.

The accident remained under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon, and it was unclear if the involved driver, a 55-year-old La Mesa man, was at fault, according to Pennings. Witnesses said he did not appear to be speeding when the women were struck, the officer said.

– City News Service

Molly Nowak August 14, 2012 at 09:14 PM
This was not a hit-and-run! The driver stayed on the scene. There's video footage all over t.v. Change your title! This was a horrible accident, don't make it worse with false information!
Bill Kay August 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Why are my comments not posted , is this a LIBERAL outfit ? , if so CANCEL ME. WILLIAM.K@COX.NET
F. Dunn August 15, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I'd enjoy hearing how you found something political in this story. Thanks in advance!
Molly Nowak August 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thanks for fixing the title!
Ann August 16, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Maybe because there was a murder in the neighborhood on June 17. Fathers day. This doesn't happen often

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