A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A 41-year-old construction worker was fatally struck Wednesday when a driver veered into an active construction zone on state Route 94 in Spring Valley, authorities said.

The crash was reported around 12:10 a.m. on eastbound SR-94 east of Avocado Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.

A 24-year-old El Cajon woman was driving a 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage in the left lane of the two-lane eastbound highway when, for unknown reasons, she allowed the car to veer into the right lane, which was shut down to allow construction workers to perform roadway maintenance, Garrow said.

The Mitsubishi struck a Granite Construction worker who was on foot in the construction zone, the officer said. The victim, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver remained at the scene and alcohol was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, Garrow said.

About 20 minutes after the initial crash, a separate crash involving three vehicles was reported on eastbound SR-94 west of Avocado Boulevard, according to the CHP.

A driver rear-ended a car that was pushed into another vehicle, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Two people from that crash were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Updated at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020

— City News Service

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