A Caltrans subcontractor was killed Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash on the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.
Officers responded to reports of a person down on the right hand side of the freeway near West Third Street at about 12:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The victim, who reportedly was putting out cones to close a lane when he was struck, was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel. CHP officials said he was a 48-year-old man from Fallbrook, in San Diego County.
Authorities were searching for a dark-colored SUV with front-end damage.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to this subcontractor’s family,” Caltrans tweeted. “Please remember to move over and slow down when you see emergency vehicles. October also marks the 10th anniversary of California’s `Move Over’ law expanding to include Caltrans vehicles.”
According to the agency, at least 189 Caltrans workers have died while toiling on the state’s roads since 1921.