A pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday on the Artesia (91) Freeway in Compton, authorities said.

The victim was described as a 53-year-old man from South Gate, the California Highway Patrol reported.

He was walking northbound across the westbound lanes of the Artesia (91) Freeway when he was hit by a 2016 Honda going at least 60 mph, the CHP said.

The pedestrian was reported lying in the No. 3 lane of the Artesia Freeway at Wilmington Avenue at 5:30 a.m., according to the CHP. An off-duty Redondo Beach police officer reported the body was in the No. 4 lane.

A witness told the CHP vehicles were swerving to avoid the body and that a vehicle with damage consistent with a traffic collision was nearby.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:47 a.m. by Compton Fire Department paramedics.

A Sigalert was issued at 5:54 a.m. for all westbound lanes and the on-ramp from Artesia Boulevard to the westbound 91 Freeway.

A representative from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office was called to the scene at 6:12 a.m.

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