VALENCIA (CNS) – A 65-year-old man attempting to cross the Golden State (5) Freeway in Valencia was struck by a vehicle and killed today, and the 49- year-old driver was arrested, the California Highway Patrol said.
Alcohol use by the driver may have been involved in the crash, which was reported just before 1 a.m. on the southbound side of the freeway at Rye Canyon Road, according to CHP Officer Monica Posada.
The motorist, a resident of Pasadena, felt an impact to the front end of his 2003 Toyota Tacoma and thought he had struck an animal, according to a department statement.
He pulled to the right shoulder of the freeway and called 911. When the CHP arrived they saw the 65-year-old man in the center divider ,who had apparent signs that he had been struck by more than one vehicle, according to the statement.
The motorist suffered small lacerations to his his left hand and his passenger, a 25-year-old man from Los Angeles, was not injured.
Posada said that although the driver was arrested, it was not immediately clear if he was suspected of drunken driving.
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