A tractor-trailer struck and killed a 49-year-old motorist in a hit-and-run on Interstate 15 in Corona Tuesday.

The fatal crash happened at about 3:55 a.m. on southbound I-15, just south of El Cerrito Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Joseph Corey told City News Service that the victim, identified only as a Santa Ana man, was in an Acura SUV when he was involved in a collision with a big rig, running into the rear of the semi, which prompted him to immediately stop in the slow lane.

The trucker pulled to the shoulder of the freeway as the victim got out of his vehicle, apparently to survey the damage.

“After he exited his vehicle, he was struck by an unknown tractor-trailer pulling two gravel trailers,” Corey said. “The driver of the tractor-trailer did not stop.”

The motorist was pronounced dead at the scene by Corona Fire Department paramedics.

The fatality and ensuing CHP investigation prompted the closure of three of four lanes for over two hours.

Officers searched the area for the hit-and-run rig but could not locate it, Corey said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the trucker involved in the initial accident was not hurt.

Anyone with information was urged to call the Riverside CHP office at 951-637-8000.

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