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CHP: Man who got out of car on San Diego freeway hit, killed by vehicle

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Oct 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-27 15:37:09-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man who got out of a car that pulled over on a freeway interchange near downtown San Diego was struck and killed by a vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

The incident was reported at around 6 a.m. on the eastbound state Route 94 transition lanes from southbound I-5, according to CHP officials.

CHP officials said a male passenger and female driver were in a car traveling from I-5 onto SR-94 when they apparently had a disagreement over directions.

CHP Sgt. Hope Maxson said, “They were both frustrated, they were confused as to where they were going … "

After the driver pulled over, the man exited the car “and began walking in lanes,” the CHP said. Shortly after, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Despite emergency medical efforts, the man -- identified by CHP officials as a 20-year-old from Las Vegas -- was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was not injured.

Maxson said, “Obviously, it’s very tragic to see someone you know, you love, you care about have this happen to them. This is immensely horrible, there aren’t any good words for it.”

CHP officials noted that a toxicology report for the victim was “pending.”

Maxson told ABC 10News the driver of the vehicle that struck the man pulled over and remained at the scene to speak with investigators.

According to officials, that driver “was not under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the collision.”

The incident forced the closure of southbound I-5 lanes heading onto eastbound SR-94 for two hours.