A 26-year-old Carson man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while walking in the eastbound lanes of the Gardena (91) Freeway in Compton, authorities said Tuesday morning.

The victim was driving a Mercedes Benz C300 when he was involved in a collision with a Scion XA near the Alameda Street offramp about 11:30 p.m. Monday and his vehicle came to rest facing the wrong way in the carpool lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of the Mercedes Benz got out of his car and began walking in traffic lanes when he was struck by a 2014 Ford Mustang being driven by a 32-year-old man from Rancho Cucamonga. The pedestrian, who was not identified, sustained fatal injuries as a result of being hit by the Mustang, the CHP said.

Moments later, the pedestrian, who was lying in the No. 3 lane, was struck by a second vehicle, a Mercedes Benz E350 being driven by a 47-year-old Corona man, the CHP said.

The driver of the Scion, a 31-year-old Compton woman, was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, according to the CHP. No other injuries were reported.

A stretch of the freeway just west of Alameda Street was closed for four hours before it reopened about 3:30 a.m.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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