A pedestrian was struck by a car and died Thursday on Interstate 5 near Middletown. Photo via onScene.Media.com

A 23-year-old man died Thursday when a vehicle struck him as he was walking on Interstate 5 west of Banker’s Hill.

A Kia SUV hit the pedestrian at about 6 a.m. on the northbound side of the freeway near West Hawthorn Street, approaching downtown San Diego, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. Authorities withheld his name pending family notification.

No other injuries were reported.

The accident prompted the closure of two lanes on the freeway for about an hour, CHP public-affairs Officer Jesse Matias said.

The pedestrian fatality was the second to occur on a San Diego freeway over less than six hours. Shortly before 12:30 a.m., a car struck and killed a woman on eastbound Interstate 8 near Presidio Park in Mission Valley, the CHP reported.

Late Wednesday morning, another pedestrian, described only as male, died after a car struck him on state Route 94 near 25th Street in the Golden Hill area, according to the CHP.

Updated at noon and 5:50 p.m. Sept. 22, 2022

City News Service and OnScene.TV contributed to this report.