I-80 pedestrian fatality called suicide

The California Highway Patrol said a pedestrian who died when he was struck by a 20,000-pound truck-trailer on eastbound Interstate Highway 80 just west of Texas Street this morning in Fairfield apparently was intent on committing suicide.

The 36-year-old Vacaville man jumped from the right shoulder of the highway into the path of one big-rig but it swerved and avoided hitting him, said CHP Sgt. Jason Hekker.

Witnesses said the man then jumped in front of the big-rig that struck him in the right lane, Hekker said. He died at the scene. His identity has not been released because his family hasn't been notified.

The big-rig driver and a passerby administered CPR to the victim, the CHP said. The Solano County coroner's office was called to the scene at 10:25 a.m.

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