MURRIETA – A 60-year-old man was struck and killed Tuesday, Jan. 31, as he attempted to cross an exit ramp after his car broke down along Interstate 215 in Murrieta.
The fatality happened about 5:20 a.m. on the northbound side of the I-215, at the offramp for Los Alamos Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The victim, a Murrieta resident whose name was withheld pending family notification, pulled off of the freeway when he experienced trouble with his 2012 Toyota Camry, said Officer Mike Lassig.
He said the victim stopped on the left side of the exit ramp, and apparently after trying unsuccessfully to get the sedan moving again, got out of the car and began walking east to the opposite side of the ramp.
About that time, 35-year-old Michael Harmon of Temecula exited the freeway in his 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and headed down the same offramp, going 40 mph, according to Lassig.
The Camry driver stepped into the path of the pickup, evidently without seeing it, and the driver was unable to stop in time, Lassig said.
Paramedics arrived moments later and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Harmon, who was uninjured, was detained for questioning but was not arrested.