A Hacienda Heights man "sprinted'' directly into the path of a big rig on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in the South El Monte area today and died at the scene, the California Highway Patrol reported.
CHP Officer Doris Peniche said the case was being investigated "as a suicide. There are witnesses who said he sprinted across the lanes.''
The 50-year-old man drove a 2000 BMW to the area around 4:35 a.m., stopped the vehicle on the right shoulder near Rosemead Boulevard and "walked onto the shoulder in front of his vehicle and waited,'' according to a CHP statement.
When a 2009 Freightliner eastbound in the No. 4 lane "was about the overtake (the BMW's) position, (the man) suddenly sprinted in a northerly direction directly into the path of (the truck) ... and was subsequently struck.''
The trucker, a 48-year-old Long Beach man whose name was withheld, was not injured.
Authorities withheld the dead man's name pending family notification.
All eastbound lanes were closed while an investigation was conducted.
Three lanes were reopened by about 6 a.m., and all lanes had been reopened by about 8:45 a.m., the CHP reported.