Officers at scene of pedestrian fatality
Highway Patrol officers at the scene of the pedestrian fatality on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista. Courtesy OnScene.TV

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office Wednesday identified a pedestrian who witnesses said was dancing in the center divider of a South Bay freeway just before he was struck by a car, then hit by a motorcycle and run over by a pickup truck.

Ricardo Jose Borrego, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene about 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday on northbound Interstate 5, just north of Palomar Street, in Chula Vista, according to the coroner’s office.   California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said the first car that hit Borrego left the scene and is still being sought. Shortly after the initial collision, a 30-year-old Chula Vista man on a 2006 Honda CVR 600 motorcycle struck Borrego, who was down in one of the lanes.

“The motorcyclist lost control of his bike and went down, suffering minor to moderate injuries,” Bettencourt said. “He was not transported to the hospital.”

A 2003 Toyota Tundra following behind the motorcycle swerved in an attempt to miss Borrego, but ran over his body, Bettencourt said. The 50-year- old San Diego man behind the wheel of the pickup was uninjured.

According to a CHP incident log, 911 callers said Borrego was wearing black clothing and dancing in the center divider before he attempted crossing the freeway.

— City News Service