A motorist who exited his car after it hit a sound wall on the right shoulder of the highway was killed last week when he was hit by several hit-and-run vehicles. The incident took place at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 280 in Daly City, California. The dead motorist was 28-years-old and a resident of San Francisco.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the dead man was the only occupant of his Toyota Camry vehicle, and stated that their investigation into the causes of the initial crash was continuing. They are also seeking information about the vehicles which struck the motorist, and are still uncertain how many other vehicles were involved, while indicating that there certainly were several.
A Jeep Cherokee vehicle stopped at the scene of the accident, and the dead motorist's body was found under the Jeep. The Jeep's driver faces no charges, nor does the driver of a truck who voluntarily came forward and reported that he may have also hit the dead motorist. Officers received a report, which they are investigating, indicating that a dark-blue Prius, described as a newer model car that was driven by a female driver, may have been one of the hit-and-run vehicles.
The motorist's death on the road, and the manner in which he was struck by multiple vehicles, clearly underlines how dangerous it can be to exit a vehicle on the highway following a crash. It will often be more prudent, particularly in areas with rapid oncoming traffic, to wait in a vehicle following an accident, and wait for the arrival of emergency responders before getting out.
Source: San Francisco Examiner, "CHP seeks info about fatal crash in Daly City," Feb. 5, 2012