Pedestrian killed on I-5 in Chula Vista during morning commute

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A person was killed Wednesday morning while attempting to cross Interstate 5 near Palomar Road in Chula Vista.

A pedestrian attempted to run across the freeway just after 5 a.m. Wednesday and was hit by a car, a motorcycle and a pickup truck on the northbound side of I-5 near Palomar Street, California Highway Patrol said. The man died at the scene.

A Sig Alert was issued just before 5:45 a.m. and all lanes were closed to traffic. Two lanes were still blocked at 7 a.m. and backup was visible along northbound I-5. Traffic was crawling at about 2 miles per hour two hours after the crash, according to Caltrans. It was unclear when lanes would reopen. 

CHP is searching for the first car that hit the victim, according to California Highway Patrol Jim Bettencourt. 

"The motorcyclist lost control of his bike and went down suffering minor to moderate injuries," Bettencourt said. "He was not transported to the hospital and will seek his own medical aid."

A 2003 Toyota Tundra following behind the motorcycle swerved in an attempt to miss the pedestrian but ran over the body, Bettencourt said. The 50-year-old San Diego man behind the wheel of the pickup was uninjured. 

The pedestrian died at the scene and CHP officers did not immediately know if alcohol or drugs were involved, Bettencourt said. 

According to a CHP incident log, witnesses said the pedestrian was dancing along the center divider before the accident. 

CHP officers are seeking the car that initially struck the pedestrian and asked anyone with information about the crash to call the San Diego CHP office at (619) 220-5492.

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