Pedestrian Killed On I-280 Connector Ramp In San Jose

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 26-year-old man was killed when two cars struck him as he walked across a connector ramp between Interstate Highway 280 and state Highway 87 in San Jose early Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man, a San Jose resident whose name is not yet being released, was walking across the northbound transition lanes of Highway 280 toward southbound Highway 87 at about 4:50 a.m., according to the CHP.

The driver of a 2010 Toyota, Vincent Blecha, 66, of San Jose, was in the left lane of the two-lane roadway, saw the man walking from right to left and turned his car to the left to avoid him, according to the CHP.

The right front end of the Toyota clipped the pedestrian and then a 1991 Honda driven by Martin Garcia, 50, of San Jose, veered to the right but also hit the victim, CHP officials said.

Seconds later, a 1992 Mazda driven by San Jose resident Victaliano Artache, 50, crashed into the back of the Honda, according to the CHP.

The pedestrian died at the scene from his injuries, while the drivers of the three cars were unhurt, CHP officials said.

The drivers cooperated with the investigation and neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have contributed to the accident, according to the CHP.

An autopsy will be performed on the pedestrian by the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office, CHP officials said.

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