A man who was killed on Highway 87 on Friday night had run up an embankment near Santa Clara Street in San Jose, onto the highway and into traffic before being hit by an oncoming vehicle, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol officers are seeking the driver of a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle that struck the 22-year-old San Jose resident at 8:13 p.m., CHP Sgt. Scott Siria said.
After an altercation in a home near the freeway, the man, whose name was not released, fled with a skateboard and headed to the freeway, followed by family members, Siria said.
While relatives unsuccessfully tried to keep him from running onto the freeway, the man dashed into lanes of southbound traffic and threw his skateboard, which hit a passing Infiniti G35. He then ran into the path of the SUV and was killed instantly.
The Infinity and SUV stopped, as did traffic behind them. But the driver of the SUV then drove off.
As traffic backed up, a Ford Mustang and a Ford Escape swerved onto the shoulder and were struck by an Acura Integra, authorities said.
"We do have some physical evidence we're working on to try to identify the vehicle" that struck the man, Siria said.
The fatality and the large number of vehicles involved created a lot of confusion at the scene, he said.
Besides the CHP, paramedics and San Jose firefighters also responded. No other injuries were reported.
The slow lane and the exit lane of southbound 87, as well as the Park Street and Julian Street on-ramps, were blocked for nearly three hours.
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