A construction worker was on foot, working on roadway maintenance in a zone closed off to traffic on eastbound SR-94 in San Diego’s East County, when a driver crossed into the zone and hit him, killing him
Authorities are investigating after a California Department of Transportation employee working on freeway maintenance was struck and killed by a car overnight in Spring Valley.
The California Highway Patrol said the deadly crash happened at around 12:10 a.m. on eastbound State Route 94, east of Avocado Avenue – in an active construction zone.
CHP Officer Travis Garrow said the victim – identified, for now, only as a 41-year-old man employed by Granite Construction – was on foot, working in the No. 2 lane, which was closed off to traffic. Garrow said there was large equipment in the lane as crews conducted roadway maintenance.
CHP investigators said a 24-year-old woman from El Cajon was driving a Mitsubishi on eastbound SR-94, approaching the construction zone. The No. 1 lane was open for through traffic, with speed reduced to 45 mph due to construction.
For unknown reasons, Garrow said the woman’s car drifted to the right, into the No. 2 lane and into the construction zone. The driver hit the construction worker.
A person working on freeway maintenance was fatally struck by a car on SR-94 in Spring Valley.
The man suffered major injuries and died at the scene, CHP officials confirmed.
The driver of the Mitsubishi stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers. The deadly crash remains under investigation but Garrow said, at this time, drugs or alcohol aren’t believed to have played a role.
The victim’s name has not been released; the San Diego County Medical Examiner is in the process of identifying the man and notifying his family.
SR-94 at Avocado Boulevard was closed off to traffic for about seven hours while investigators collected evidence and worked to clear the scene.