A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

An Orange County man laid down in front of a car driven by his female friend and was killed as the woman drove over him from his birthday party, police said.

Jonathan Carlyle Merkley, of Garden Grove, was celebrating his 34th birthday night at the Staybridge Suites hotel, in the 6600 block of Mira Mesa Boulevard, at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to San Diego police.

Witnesses said both had been drinking alcohol with friends before the incident, near the San Diego suburb of Sorrento Valley.

Merkley was trying to prevent the woman from leaving the hotel walked into the path of her BMW and laid down in front of the moving car, according to San Diego Police Sgt. Tom Sullivan.

The woman did not stop, ran over the man and kept going. The victim suffered major trauma to his chest and died about 45 minutes later at a hospital, Sullivan said.

Police know the identity of the BMW driver, but she had not been arrested as of late Sunday morning, according to Sullivan.

–City News Service

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