SAN DIEGO — A 78-year-old San Diego man was hit and killed by a passing driver when he got out of his truck on the freeway and tried to fix an issue with his boat trailer, California Highway Patrol said.
The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday on state Route 905 near Interstate 5 in San Ysidro.
According to a press release from Officer Sal Castro of the CHP, the victim’s Chevy truck was towing a small fishing boat when it broke down and partially blocked the slow lane of traffic. The man got out of his vehicle and attempted to fix the issue.
The driver of a Honda CRV didn’t see the truck until it was too late, slamming into the back of the fishing boat/trailer, Castro wrote. The impact pushed the boat and trailer into the truck driver, badly hurting him. CHP said paramedics and agents from a nearby Border Patrol vehicle tried to save the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers could be seen interviewing the Honda driver, who appeared unhurt. Neither driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, Castro added.
The crash sent the fishing boat over the side of SR-905 onto Howard Avenue below. Fishing supplies could also be seen scattered across the ground. There were no reports of injuries from the falling debris.
While CHP officers investigated the collision, the two right lanes of state Route 905 westbound east of Interstate 5 were closed for four hours. The fast lane remained open and traffic was not affected. Interstate 5 remained open during the investigation.
FOX 5’s Domenick Candelieri contributed to this story.