Pedestrian struck, killed on EB 118 Fwy in Simi Valley

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- Traffic was backed up for miles on the eastbound 118 Freeway Friday night in Simi Valley after a car struck and killed a pedestrian.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. west of the Rocky Peak Road exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities said a pedestrian was walking in the center divider toward the Rocky Peak exit on the westbound side of the freeway.

When officers arrived to get the man off the freeway, they said he jumped the center divider wall toward the eastbound side of the freeway. That's when he went into a lane and was hit by multiple vehicles, authorities said.

CHP officials said it was still unclear why the man was walking on the freeway in the first place.

Footage from AIR7 HD showed the vehicle that struck the pedestrian with significant damage to the front end.

One lane of the freeway was open to let cars through, but the back-up appeared to stretch for a few miles. All lanes were reopened around 2 a.m.

Anyone with more information was urged to call the Ventura County CHP or Moorpark CHP stations at (805) 553-0800.
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