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UPDATE: Officials probe incident where pedestrian was hit running across I-5

Posted: February 18, 2013 10:55 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2013 10:55 a.m.

A man seriously hurt when he was hit by two cars Friday had been running across the freeway at the time of the collision, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol reported.

Alcohol is also suspected to have played a role in the crash, said CHP Officer Jacob Walter in his report filed about the incident.

Officers are still investigating the incident which landed a 23-year-old Sun Valley man in Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, including a head injury.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday, the man was seen running eastbound across the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, just south of Biscailuz Drive, Walter wrote in his collision report.

Just before the man was hit, a 37-year-old San Francisco man driving a 1991 Geo Prizm and a 39-year-old La Mesa man driving a brand new Ford F-250 pickup truck were traveling southbound on the freeway in “moderate traffic,” Walter wrote.

The Ford was traveling at about 70 miles per hour, he wrote.

The Geo was ahead of the Ford traveling in the lane next to it when a pedestrian ran across the southbound lanes in front of it.

The running man was clipped by the Geo, then hit by the pickup truck, Walter wrote in his report.
He ran “directly in front of the Geo Prism,” he reported.

“The pedestrian’s foot was struck by the right front corner of the Geo and was knocked off balance as he continued into the (adjacent) lane directly in front of the pickup truck.

“The (pedestrian) was struck by the left front corner and left side mirror of the pickup truck,” Walter wrote.

The injured man was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Friday night suffering potential head trauma, said CHP Officer Monica Posada on the night of the collision.

Walter listed his injuries as “major.”

The two drivers were not injured, he noted.
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