Authorities ID Driver Killed By Big Rig

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The California Highway Patrol has named the man killed by a big rig after exiting his vehicle on the transition road from the northbound 57 freeway to the westbound Interstate 210 freeway August 6.

Covina resident Jesus Quezada Duran, Jr., 53, was struck by two big rigs, the final rig dealing fatal injuries to Duran after he drove a short distance away from the initial incident in San Dimas, the CHP reported.

Duran parked his 1950s Chevrolet Sedan on the shoulder of the northbound 57 freeway south of Covina Boulevard and began walking in lanes of traffic at 12:30 p.m. He then stepped into traffic for unspecified reasons and was struck by a big rig, according to Rodrigo Jimenez, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol.

Duran then drove away northbound in his sedan, according to witnesses.

Duran stopped on the right shoulder of the transition road from the northbound 57 to the westbound 210 freeway. As a second big rig approached in the lane adjacent to the right shoulder, Duran exited his sedan, stepped in the rig’s path and was killed, Jimenez said.

The transition road was closed for two and a half hours while the CHP investigated, Jimenez said.

Next of kin was notified.

Anyone who witnessed the incidents and has information is asked to call the CHP Baldwin Park Station at (626) 338-1164.