A suspected drunk driver was killed when he stopped his car on Interstate 5 in EncinitasPurely coincidentally, we're sure, he happened to be driving away from the downtown Encinitas bar district shortly after the bars closed.
The driver, a 27-year-old man, came to a stop without lights about 3:10 a.m. in the right lane of the I-5 north just south of Leucadia Boulevard, the California Highway Patrol said.
He opened his door and was immediately struck from behind by another vehicle traveling about 50 miles per hour, the CHP said.
UPDATE: [CHP Officer Chris] Parent said that, before the crash, several people had reported the Acura driver as possibly drunk.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Sergio Jimenez Solano of San Diego, and the coroner reports a possible tire problem but no mention of DUI. Probably safe to let the Encinitas bars off the hook for this death, unlike Rachel Anne Morrison, Christina Donaghy and Tom Couberly, and Tara Murphy.
UPDATE: Union-Trib sticking with "suspected drunken driver." If he just had a tire problem, that doesn't explain the driving with no lights or the multiple DUI calls from other motorists. Maybe his bad drunken driving caused him to hit something that caused a tire problem?