San Diego Activist Painting Over Graffiti Killed by Alleged DUI Driver in Road-Rage Incident: Police

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A well-known San Diego community activist was painting over graffiti Friday evening when she was struck by a driver involved in a road-rage incident and suspected of intoxication, officials said.

Maruta Gardner, 69, suffered massive head injuries and died Saturday after being taken off life support.

Her death stunned friends and supporters.

The San Diego City Council had recently honored Gardner by declaring Nov. 3 “Maruta Gardner Day.” Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf were among many posting condolences on social media.

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