The accident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Helicopter video showed a body covered with tarps in the center lane. A white SUV was stopped in the lane several car lengths down the freeway. Several California Highway Patrol cars and a van from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office were parked in the left three lanes as investigators gathered evidence.
Investigators said a man who appeared to be homeless was crossing the northbound lanes of the freeway when the SUV hit him. The driver, a woman in her 40s, told investigators that she wasn’t able to stop before hitting the man.
Cars backed up south to Bonita Road as traffic squeezed by the accident scene. Officials reopened all traffic lanes at about 11:30 a.m.