Sacto 9-1-1
October 16, 2013
Man killed when trying to retrieve belongings on freeway is identified

A man who was killed when struck by a car while he was trying to retrieve his dropped belongings on Highway 99 has been identified by the coroner's office.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office website listed the motorist as Hien Van Tran, 45, of Elk Grove.

Tran's death occurred at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, according to the website.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said Tran was driving a pickup truck northbound on Highway 99 south of Dillard Road when some of his belongings fell out of the truck onto the roadway. Tran pulled to the median and got out of the truck to try to retrieve the items.

Bradley said traffic was slowing, either to avoid the man or items in the lanes, when a woman driving a Volkswagen swerved into the median, striking Tran.

The Volkswagen then crossed the roadway and struck a shoulder berm.

Tran was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to Kaiser South Medical Center with minor to moderate injuries.

In situations where items fall from a vehicle into the roadway, Bradley said, the driver of the vehicle is advised to pull to the side of the road, not the median, and to call the CHP, rather than trying to retrieve the items. The CHP can run a traffic break, allowing the items to be safely removed from the roadway.

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