SAN JOSE -- Two men in separate incidents were struck by vehicles, one fatally, while walking on San Jose freeways Friday night and Saturday morning.

And in a third accident, a man died after his car crashed into a tree in South San Jose.

A 74-year-old man walking on Interstate 680 near the Capitol Expressway off-ramp died after being struck by a car late Friday, the California Highway Patrol reported. In a separate crash, a man in his mid-20s suffered major injuries but was expected to survive after being hit early Saturday by a CHP car while crossing Highway 101 near Alum Rock Avenue.

The identities of both men have not been released as of late Saturday.

About 11 p.m. Friday, callers to emergency dispatchers reported a man walking from Capitol Expressway down the northbound I-680 off-ramp toward the freeway, CHP Officer Ross Lee said. Subsequent callers reported the man walking in the slow lane of the freeway. He was struck by a 2001 Chevy Malibu and landed on the freeway. Shortly after, CHP officers arrived and administered first aid until emergency responders took over resuscitation efforts before pronouncing him dead.

It was not clear why the man was walking on the freeway. There was no indication that the driver of the Malibu was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Lee said.


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Less than three hours later, at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, two CHP officers in a patrol car responding to a non-emergency call were headed southbound on Highway 101 when a pedestrian darted from the right shoulder, apparently trying to cross the freeway, Lee said.

The officer driving the patrol car swerved to the left to avoid the runner, who collided with the cruiser's right fender, Lee said. The officer made a hard-right turn and the car ended up between the right shoulder and an embankment, facing toward traffic. The two officers ran to the pedestrian and administered first aid until San Jose firefighters arrived, Lee said.

The pedestrian was critically injured and transported to San Jose Regional Medical Center, Lee said. But he was expected to survive, Lee said. He was not immediately identified.

The CHP did not release the names of the officers involved in the crash, which shut down three lanes of Highway 101 between McKee Road and Alum Rock until about 8 a.m.

In another accident at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, a driver died after losing control of his car, which struck a tree, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office. The car sheared concrete pillars and crashed near Palisade Drive and River Falls Drive, near Hellyer County Park in South San Jose.

He was taken to Valley Medical Center, where he died.

The identity of the solo driver was not immediately released.



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