Man struck, dies while checking accident damage on 880 roadside

MILPITAS (KRON) — A traffic collision turned deadly on Highway 880 Monday morning after a driver exited his vehicle to assess the damage of a car the vehicle rear-ended, and was struck and killed.

The collision occurred around 11:59 p.m. on northbound Highway 880 just north of the Montague Expressway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to officer CHP Smallenberger, “There were four vehicles involved in the initial accident.”

The victim has been identified as a 36-year-old man from South San Francisco.

“We had a rear-end accident on the highway, as [the driver] was getting back into his vehicle, he was struck,” Smallenberger said.

The CHP released a statement saying, “A 2010 Toyota sedan was disabled in the number 2 lane of northbound I-880 north of Montague Expressway from a previous collision.  The driver exited his 2010 Toyota sedan and was standing in the open doorway.  A 2004 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on I-880 north of Montague Expressway in the number 2 lane approaching the disabled vehicle.  The driver of the 2004 Toyota sedan swerved to avoid a collision with the disabled vehicle, and collided with the driver who was standing alongside his car.”

According to Smallenberger, the driver who fatally struck the driver remained at the scene of the accident.

The driver who struck the man, identified as a 47-year-old man from San Jose, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the CHP.

Officer William Ogilvie said the CHP issued a Sig-alert at 12:28 a.m. and officers have no estimate of when the highway will reopen.

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