PERRIS (CNS) – A 44-year-old man was struck and killed today by an SUV
as he attempted to run across Interstate 215 in Perris.

Robert Nira of Perris was fatally hit about 1 a.m. on southbound I-
215, just south of Fourth Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Mike Lassig said Nira accessed the freeway via the east side
shoulder, successfully crossed northbound lanes and then “jumped over the
center median wall” to cross to the west side of the six-lane corridor.

Lassig said that as the victim “began running in a westerly
direction,” a 2016 Subaru Outback in the fast lane of southbound I-215 hit
him.

Nira was hurled onto the shoulder of the southbound lanes. A 34-year-
old Menifee man at the wheel of the SUV, whose identity was not disclosed,
immediately stopped and called 911. The driver was not injured.

Riverside County Fire Department paramedics reached the location
within a few minutes and pronounced Nira dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to
contact the Temecula CHP office at 951-506-2000.

City News Service (CNS)