LANCASTER – A pedestrian died early Thursday morning when he jumped off a freeway overpass after being clipped by a vehicle, authorities said.
Jeffrey Andrew Jackson, 35, was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m., according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
“He was hit by a vehicle, [he] jumped off the overpass and was hit by another vehicle,” Winter said, citing a preliminary investigation.
According to the preliminary investigation, Jackson called the sheriff’s station before the incident, and the case is being investigated as a possible suicide, Winter said.
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station could not confirm these details because the ongoing investigation is being handled by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, which handles homicide, natural deaths and suicides, said Lt. Paul Pfrehm.
The incident started around 4:22 a.m. Thursday on the northbound 14 Freeway near the Avenue K overpass, Pfrehm said.
“A driver swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road and just barely clipped him,” Pfrehm said, adding that the driver remained at the scene.
The driver told CHP officers that the pedestrian then ran across the freeway and jumped over a guardrail, landing on surface streets, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Traffic Incident Information page.
Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene, near the intersection of West Avenue K and 15th Street West, Winter said.
The incident is still under investigation and no additional information was available Thursday afternoon.