Lanes have reopened after an investigation into a deadly pedestrian crash halted traffic on eastbound State Route 52 in Clairemont for hours Thursday morning, California Highway Patrol said.
A 51-year-old woman was walking in the eastbound lanes near Genesee Avenue when she was struck by an oncoming car at about 4:30 a.m.
The California Highway Patrol said the driver was unable to avoid the woman.
The driver did stop after the crash but was subsequently struck by another vehicle. The second vehicle also stayed at the scene and both drivers were cooperating with investigators.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not identified and officers were still working to determine why she was walking on the freeway.
At the time of the crash, the woman was wearing a backpack and was wearing flip-flops distributed to patients of Sharp Memorial Hospital, so investigators were looking into whether the woman was recently a patient, CHP said.
The investigation prompted a SigAlert and all eastbound traffic was stopped and diverted off eastbound SR-52.
By about 6 a.m., one lane had reopened and traffic was moving at a crawl. All lanes were reopened just before 7 a.m.
The two drivers involved in the collision were not injured.