Man Flees from Police, Runs Into Oncoming Traffic

Carlos Arias, 27, was killed after running into traffic on southbound I-5

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Sep 28, 2013  |  Updated 10:51 AM PDT
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Man Flees from Police, Runs Into Oncoming Traffic

NBC 7 San Diego

Officials, including the medical examiner, investigate on southbound I-5 after a man who fled from police ran into oncoming traffic on the freeway.

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A man who fled from police on foot in San Diego’s Barrio Logan area Friday night was killed after he wound up running into oncoming traffic, officials confirmed.

SDPD Lt. Paul Rorrison said officers were called to an apartment complex in the 2800-block of Boston Avenue around 9:30 p.m. to investigate a possible domestic violence disturbance.

While officers were at the scene, Lt. Rorrison said a man matching the description of the subject allegedly involved in the domestic violence case walked out of the complex and was confronted by an officer.

The man – identified by the medical examiner’s office 27-year-old Carlos Arias -- began running away, and officers chased him on foot until they arrived at the southbound Interstate 5 on-ramp near National Avenue.

Lt. Rorrison said Arias continued onto the on-ramp and attempted to cross the I-5 lanes, running right into oncoming traffic.

He was struck by at least four cars on the freeway, officials said, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

California High Patrol officials assisted in shutting down traffic lanes on the I-5 following the incident.

Lt. Rorrison said police are still trying to determine why Arias ran away from officers. He said a preliminary investigation has determined Arias was not involved in the initial domestic violence incident police were called to at the apartment complex.

Officials said the drivers that struck the man were shaken up and deeply upset about the incident.
 

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