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Man Struck and Killed While Trying to Cross I-5

A man who attempted to cross Interstate 5 on Saturday died after he was struck by a semitrailer.

The 40-year-old was walking west across the freeway near Bridgeport Way, shortly after 2 a.m. He made it to the second southbound lane when a 20020 Freightliner struck him.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Washington State Patrol said in news reports. The truck driver, a 36-year-old Oregon man, was not injured.

The accident blocked three lanes of the freeway for 2 ½ hours. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I’m saddened to hear about the pedestrian accident. Pedestrians should never cross busy roads or freeways at locations other than a cross walk. Although I hope drugs, alcohol or intoxicants weren’t involved in the incident, it’s hard to imagine they weren’t linked to such a suspect pedestrian accident so early in the morning. I hope anyone in a sober state of mind would never attempt to cross the freeway.

My sympathies go out to the pedestrian’s family and friends, as well as the truck driver who struck the victim. Pedestrians should never assume that a driver can so you and always be on the defensive, especially with vehicles traveling at high speeds.