A Newport Beach man was struck by two vehicles and killed Saturday while running in the Express Lanes of the Harbor (110) Freeway in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
The report of “a man down” came at about 2:45 a.m. on the southbound Harbor Freeway at Martin Luther King Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt said.
Investigators were working to determine how the man got into the HOV lanes since there was no indication of a car nearby, Brandt said.
The man was identified as Matthew Olson, 18, coroner’s Investigator Kristy McCracken said.
Olson was first struck by a Toyota CHR driven by a Redondo Beach man, who stopped to render assistance, CHP Officer B. Hernandez said. A second, unknown vehicle struck Olson while he was lying in the number 1 Express Lane and continued on.
A SigAlert was issued at 3 a.m. shutting down the HOV, 1, 2 and 3 lanes, he said.
It was canceled at 6:55 a.m.
In a grim coincidence, a female pedestrian was struck and killed by vehicles on the northbound 110 Freeway about two-and-a-half hours later, near Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles.