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Police ID pedestrian killed on Interstate 5

49-year-old Pasadena man driving south hit a 53-year-old man Saturday night; officials trying to rea

Posted: March 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Officials with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office have identified the pedestrian killed early Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 but are still trying to reach his next of kin, a spokesman said Sunday.

The victim was described only as a 53-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday, about 1 a.m., the driver of a 2003 Toyota Tacoma identified as a 49-year-old Pasadena man was traveling south on Interstate 5 “in light traffic” when he “felt an impact to the front end of his Toyota,” according to the collision report prepared by Investigator K. Schilhabel of the California Highway Patrol.

The 53-year-old pedestrian was walking on the freeway in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just north of Rye Canyon Road, Schilhabel reported.

The driver believed he hit an animal, the officer said in the report.

When the collision happened, the driver pulled over and called 911.

The pedestrian was struck by the SUV’s left front bumper, hood and windshield, Schilhabel wrote in the report.

“He was run over by other unidentified vehicles, which did not remain on scene,” Schilhabel reported.

The driver suffered small lacerations to his left hand, the officer said.

A 25-year-old Los Angeles man, who was a passenger in the SUV, was not injured.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the collision.

The driver of the Tacoma was arrested at the scene, CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy said Saturday.

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