A 40-year-old man who was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning on a freeway transition road in the Boyle Heights area may have been the victim of a homicide, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The victim was “situated prone within the roadway” about 4:55 a.m. when he was struck by a Lexus sedan on the transition road from the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway to the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway north of Marietta Street, CHP Officer Roberto Gomez said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the victim, whose name was not immediately available, may have been the victim of a homicide just prior to being struck, on the transition road from the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway to the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway “resulting in the victim falling and/or being deposited onto Interstate 5 northbound,” Gomez said.

A “comprehensive investigation” was underway to determine what happened just prior to the victim being struck,” the officer said.

The transition road was closed until about 8:30 a.m.

Anyone with information about the fatality was urged to call (213) 744-2331 to speak with Officer R. Hines at the CHP’s Central Los Angeles Area Office.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

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