A pedestrian was struck and killed late Sunday night near Camp Pendleton, backing up traffic on southbound Interstate 5 for miles.
The California Highway Patrol initially responded to a report of a disabled vehicle, according to CHP Acting Sgt. Shawn Synder, but what officers discovered was a body in the freeway near the Aliso Creek rest area.
CHP says the victim, a 24-year-old man from West Hollywood, was trying to cross the interstate. He was struck by a white pickup truck and then an SUV. The SUV spun out of control and hit three other cars. CHP believes more vehicles continued to run over the man.
Officers are now looking for a white mid-sized two-door pickup truck that may have fled the scene.
“There is some indication one vehicle, possibly the initial vehicle that struck the pedestrian, did not stop,” Synder said.
So far, no arrests have been made.
At one point, three of four lanes of the freeway were closed, bringing traffic to a crawl.