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Drunk driver hit teenager intentionally

SAN DIEGO, CA – A drunk driver intentionally struck a teenager with his car after purportedly harassing them earlier Friday morning, reported NBC San Diego.

Fernando Chavez Lopez began arguing and harassing Kaleah Smith Friday morning by blowing her kisses and trying to initiate a conversation while she waited outside a convenience store.

Smith explained the situation to her cousins and they came to assist and protect her. Her cousins confronted Lopez and he left after informing them he was just drunk. A while later Smith returned to the Ideal Market with her fiance and cousin to discuss the previous issues with Lopez.

Lopez had followed them back and while they were walking home, he attempted to hit Smith and missed. Lopez made a quick u-turn and struck Smith’s cousin, who damaged the windshield and rolled over the car.

Paramedics were called to the scene and transported Smith’s cousin to the hospital with scrapes, bleeding from the ears, and bruises. Officers arrested Lopez and booked him into jail.

It is unknown if alcohol was the only factor in Lopez’ vendetta against Smith and her cousin. This was their first time encountering Lopez and there was no indication he was mentally unstable, beyond being drunk. Officers are investigating the collision and more information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Ross Jurewitz

RossRoss Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.

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