Man killed on I-5 after crash into center divider leads to pileup

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SAN DIEGO — A 48-year-old man died when he was hit by a car after spinning out and crashing his own vehicle early Sunday morning on Interstate 5 in Bay Park.

The man, identified as Joseph Vito Berardino, was traveling on northbound I-5 near Clairemont Drive around 5:50 a.m. when he lost control and struck the center divide, according to information from the California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Shortly thereafter, two other cars struck Berardino’s car, and then another car struck him and threw him to the ground, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

“It appears the driver of the initial collision was probably standing outside of his vehicle when he got struck,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph Aboy explained. “He was fatally injured as the result of the secondary, and third collision.”

Paramedics responded and pronounced Berardino dead at the scene.

California Highway Patrol confirmed drugs or alcohol were not factors in the initial crash.

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