PERRIS — A man repairing a truck on the shoulder of the 215 Freeway in Perris was struck and killed Tuesday when a motorist allowed his truck to swerve onto the edge of the freeway and struck him, authorities said.
The death occurred around 10:15 a.m. on the 215 northbound just north of Nuevo Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Javier Navarro said the victim, whose identity was not immediately released, stopped the International truck on the right shoulder to refill the radiator, with the help of a companion who was traveling with him.
Navarro said the victim was trying to secure the driver’s side hood latch after plugging the radiator when the driver of a Toyota Tacoma approached at an undetermined speed in the slow lane.
“For an unknown reason, the Toyota swerved onto the shoulder, striking the International and the pedestrian,” the CHP spokesperson said. “The man succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the accident.”
Crews from the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department arrived at the scene within minutes and declared the victim dead at the scene.
The other man was not injured, nor was the driver of the truck, who immediately stopped, according to Navarro.
“Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this collision,” he said.
The driver was questioned but not arrested.
The No. 3 lane on northbound I-215 was closed until about noon while a preliminary investigation was conducted.
The investigation was ongoing and anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP Riverside office at 951-637-8000.