BRISBANE (CBS SF) – A man who had pulled over on the shoulder of southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Brisbane Tuesday morning to check out a problem with his pickup truck was killed when another driver crashed into his car, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The man had stopped his Dodge Ram on the shoulder just south of the Sierra Point Parkway on-ramp to inspect his truck, which was having a mechanical problem, CHP Officer Shawn Chase said.

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He was standing in front of the pickup when a man driving a Toyota Camry veered onto the right shoulder and slammed into the back of the Dodge Ram, pushing it forward into the man, Chase said.

The man was thrown about 75 feet, and was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Chase said CHP officers who responded learned that the driver of the Toyota Camry had been reported missing in San Ramon and was said to be possibly suicidal.

He said it is not clear whether that driver veered off the roadway intentionally or accidentally.

The impact from the Toyota Camry caused the gas tank of the Dodge Ram to rupture, and firefighters responded to contain the gas spill, Chase said.

The crash blocked a number of lanes of southbound 101 creating a miles-long backup into San Francisco.  All lanes were reopened by about 9:40 a.m.

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Comments (5)
  1. KnightKreepa says:

    I drove pass this scene. It looked like an intentional strike to me.

    1. MichaelCommuter says:

      I couldn’t tell if it was intentional or not, but sure looked horrible. Took me over an hour to drive my 10 mile commute from the city to work at Oyster Point.

  2. Mark says:

    or he could have just been talking/texting on his cell phone, which I see absolutely all the time these days.

  3. Simon Li says:

    Why take another innocent live when you don’t want your own. Fked up world out there.

  4. Amtrak 4 Life says:

    What a jerk! If you want to kill yourself go jump off a bridge or sit in front of a train. Now in addition to being a loser, you are a murderer. But since you did not actually mean to kill anyone other than your own idiot self, you will only be charged with vehicular manslaughter. You’ll probably get a year in jail or probation. Next time you try to kill yourself, please get it right.