PALMDALE – A 28-year-old man died after he was struck by a tractor trailer Tuesday afternoon in Palmdale, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol officers were called around 5:03 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, to the scene of the collision on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just north of Avenue N, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“Preliminary information indicate[s] for unknown reasons, a pedestrian was struck by a semi-truck in the No. 3 lane of northbound SR-14. This traffic collision is still under investigation,” the CHP report states.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, but he was a Palmdale resident, according to the CHP report. The rig’s driver, 47-year-old Francisco Mosqueda of Palmdale, was not injured in the collision.
“The use of alcohol and/or drugs is not suspected to have been a factor,” the CHP report states.
The CHP would not confirm reports that the pedestrian exited a parked car on the freeway and then jumped in front of the big rig. The incident remains under investigation, and no further information was immediately released.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to call Officer J. Alvares at the Antelope Valley Area CHP office at 661-948-8541.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified at 28-year-old Shomari Rollox, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Correction: He was 28, not 29, as previously stated by CHP.