The Interstate 80 off-ramp near Octavia and Market streets, as seen from above. (Gil Riego Jr./2012 S.F. Examiner)

The Interstate 80 off-ramp near Octavia and Market streets, as seen from above. (Gil Riego Jr./2012 S.F. Examiner)

Man hit by truck on SF’s Central Freeway dies, but gunshot wound to his leg remains a mystery

Early-morning commuters heading into central San Francisco encountered an injured man walking on the Central Freeway where Highway 101 and Interstate 80 meet, just west of the Hall of Justice.

That’s where a 42-year-old man was struck by a Ford Ranger, according to law enforcement officials. The man died after being taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where medical personnel discovered he had a gunshot wound to his ankle, according to police.

The incident, which happened just after 5 a.m., is being investigated as a suspicious death by the San Francisco Police Department, said Officer Giselle Talkoff.

It’s unclear if the man died from the gunshot wound or the collision.

According to the California Highway Patrol, who arrived on the scene first, the man was walking on the freeway interchange above Division and 9th streets when he was hit. He was still alive when they arrived at the scene.

“He suffered from pretty extensive injuries from being struck,” said CHP spokesperson Vu Williams.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to identify the victim.

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