November 23, 2009 (El Cajon) – The County Coroner's office has identified Cydil Deann Kohlmeyer, 35, as the young mother who died from injuries sustained when she was hit by a Dodge pickup truck. Kohlmeyer was walking along Pepper Drive in El Cajon November 21 at 11:20 a.m. when she was struck by an allegedly drunk driver who fled the scene but was later found by authorities. The driver, Deborah Felix, 51, was hospitalized and will face multiple charges.
The pickup truck continued eastbound on Pepper Drive, striking several parked vehicles and mailboxes, then crashing into a private residence. Units from the Lakeside, Santee and San Miguel Districts responded to a report of the truck striking a home and found the driver’s vehicle abandoned. During a search for the driver, a medic found the pedestrian who had been hit.
Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Department, reported on the Heartland Zone News blog in an article titled “Tragic Start to the Holiday Season” that the victim was “found in traumatic full arrest.” Crews initiated life-saving procedures and were able to re-establish her pulse several times. She was transported by Mercy Air 6 to Sharp Memorial Hospital with a firefighter-paramedic to assist the flight crew. The patient underwent surgery but did not survive her injuries.
“The intoxicated driver was later located,” Grow said. “It appears the driver was attempting to flee the scene. Crews were especially sad to discover pictures of this young mother surrounded by her family, a family that is now dealing with this tragic loss. Once again, this is the cost of driving while drunk at the wheel.”