A man walking in the middle of Interstate 5 in Sacramento died Friday night after he was hit by a car, according to the California Highway Patrol. A second car also ran over the man after he had died, the CHP said in a news release.
The incident happened about 10:16 p.m. when the man was walking on northbound lanes north of Richards Boulevard on Interstate 5. At the time, a 54-year-old Sacramento man was traveling on the highway in a white Ford Focus nearby. As the driver approached the man, the pedestrian ran in front of his car, according to the CHP.
The driver immediately applied his brakes but was not able to stop in time before hitting the man, who suffered fatal injuries. The driver pulled to the right shoulder following the collision.
The CHP said a second driver, a 28-year-old Sacramento man driving a gray Mazda 3, approached the area of the first collision, where the man had died of his injuries. The second driver was not able to swerve out of the way and ran over the man’s body, the CHP said. The second driver also pulled over to the right shoulder following the impact.
Interstate 5 was closed briefly while the CHP conducted an investigation.
It was determined that drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the drivers in the incident, the news release said. The CHP said it was unclear if drugs or alcohol were a factor for the pedestrian, whose name was not released. A toxicology report was requested from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.