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Driver Held in Death of Pedestrian, 75

A driver was arrested on suspicion of fatally hitting a 75-year-old pedestrian, police said Monday.

The accident happened about 7:05 p.m. Sunday on Pacific Coast Highway, north of Mariner Drive, police dispatcher John Liebl said.

Gawin Arron Thomas, 31, of Long Beach, who was driving a van, struck Robert George Schmitt of Huntington Beach, Liebl said. Police could not say if Schmitt had been in a crosswalk.

Thomas was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of manslaughter and felony driving while intoxicated, police said. He was held on $10,000 bail.

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