DALY CITY -- An unidentified man killed on Interstate 280 Friday morning was trying to flee a Daly City crash when he was hit by cars across all lanes of the southbound freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The man was driving north near John Daly Boulevard about 5:30 a.m. when he lost control of a stolen GMC Acadia and ran into the center divide, CHP Officer Michael Ferguson said. An oncoming Honda Civic ran into the crashed Acadia, and the driver, who was alone, got out and ran away from the scene.
The man reportedly darted across all lanes of the northbound freeway with a yellow duffel bag in tow, and he appeared to briefly consider jumping the elevated rail to get down to city streets, Ferguson said. He ran back across the interstate and jumped the center divide, where he was hit by several cars in the southbound lanes.
The man died at the scene, Ferguson said. While authorities found a driver's license in his wallet, they believe it may be stolen, as it does not match witnesses' description of the man.
"The ID belongs to a much older man than the one witnesses saw running across lanes," Ferguson said. "We're trying to track down his actual identity."
Ferguson said a DNA match would have to be found to confirm the man's identity, since the condition of his body eliminated the possibility of a dental identification.
Authorities later discovered the GMC Acadia had been stolen overnight out of Millbrae, and that a small caliber rifle and a BB gun found inside the car were stolen from another vehicle.Investigators found nothing of obvious value inside the duffel bag the man was hauling when he was hit, and determined them to be his personal belongings.
"Bottom line is he was driving around in a stolen car with stolen property," Ferguson said. "It's pretty safe to say that's why he was running."
The driver of the Honda who hit the Acadia was treated for bumps and scrapes, and none of the drivers who came forward after hitting the man were injured, Ferguson said. He added that authorities are still searching for a series of cars who may have hit the man and left the scene.
"We're trying to encourage people to come forward," Ferguson said. "Any time these situations happen, people are anxious about coming forward, but they're more than likely not at fault for this."
All lanes of both northbound and southbound I-280 were reopened about 10:45 a.m. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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