All eastbound lanes of the highway were closed Wednesday night
SAN MATEO, Calif. — According to a department spokesperson, a California Highway Patrol officer struck and killed a pedestrian on eastbound Highway 92 in San Mateo late Wednesday night.
CHP Redwood City Captain Jason Cavett said in a news conference Thursday afternoon that the fatal collision occurred around 10:05 p.m. on eastbound 92 at Delaware Street.
“This is a tragic incident,” said Cavett. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the person who died.”
According to Cavett, an adult male was crossing the eastbound lanes from the shoulder toward the center median when he was hit by the officer, who hit the driver’s side of the front of the car. He was declared dead at the scene.
At the time of the collision, the officer was driving an all-white Dodge Charger patrol vehicle with an in-custody person handcuffed in the front-right passenger seat. Neither the officer nor the passenger were injured.
The road where the collision occurred has two lanes and is almost directly above South Delaware Street, according to Cavett. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour, and the lighting is dim. The only light on that stretch of road, according to Cavett, is from headlights.
Cavett went on to say that the officer’s speed at the time of the accident was still unknown as of Thursday afternoon. He claimed that the officer had “little, if any” time to respond to the man on the highway.
Thursday was the officer’s regularly scheduled day off. Cavett stated that the officer was not placed on leave and did not indicate whether he intended to do so upon the officer’s return.
While emergency crews worked on the scene, all eastbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted to Delaware Street. By 3:40 a.m. on Thursday, all lanes had been reopened.
The officer involved in the crash was not immediately identified by authorities. The identity of the victim has been withheld pending confirmation and notification of next of kin.
This is an ongoing report. Keep checking back for updates.