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Pedestrian Run Over on I-5 in National City Pronounced Dead

A man apparently trying to cross a busy Interstate 5 offramp on foot was hit by three cars and died at the scene, officials confirmed.

A driver called 911 just before 8:30 p.m. to report they thought they ran someone over. CHP and a National City Fire Department crew responded to southbound I-5 offramp at Civic Center Drive and found someone underneath the car.

Veronica Acuna told NBC 7 the man appeared out of nowhere attempting to cross the ramp from west to east and stepped into her vehicle's path. She hit him and he rolled up her windshield and landed on the street.

Two more drivers swerved to avoid hitting Acuna and ended up hitting the man. The second one dragged him 50 to 75 feet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told NBC 7 the victim might be a homeless man who was living in the bushes on the side of the ramp. Police have not confirmed that or released the victim's identity.

The offramp was closed for close to two hours as officers investigated the crash. It has since reopened.

No other information was available.

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