Pacifica man hits Caltrans truck, dies

An early-morning crash Thursday instantly killed a Pacifica man after his pickup slammed into the back of a Caltrans truck.

California Highway Patrol Officer Shawn Chase said the accident happened at 3:10 a.m. on the connector ramp from northbound Highway 280 to U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco.

Relatives of Julius Cabral, 39, said he often drove to his early shift as a supervisor at UPS in San Francisco.

“He’s been working there for so long — that’s why it was so shocking for us to hear of the accident,” Cabral’s brother-in-law Alex Calvo said. “He’s usually a very alert driver.”

Cabral’s Toyota Tacoma pickup was traveling 50 to 60 mph, according to Chase.

“Apparently he didn’t see the flashing lights,” Chase said. “There were no skid marks so he didn’t slow down almost at all until the last minute.”

The Pacifica resident, who had four young children, was a deacon of Harbor of Grace Reformed Church in South San Francisco.

“He’s a good family man,” Calvo said. “He has been a Christian for a very long time.”

CHP said the paint truck, which was traveling slowly down the ramp, sustained minor damage from the accident and its driver was taken to the San Francisco General Hospital with minor injuries.

The truck, subcontracted by Caltrans, was not preceded by orange cones or warning signs, Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said.

“For striping, it’s common to do a rolling closure, so you’re in motion with equipment instead of completely blocking off that stretch of highway,” he said.

But Cabral’s family said he may have not seen the truck until it was too late.

“I’m furious that the truck didn’t have any cones,” Cabral’s brother-in-law said.

The accident closed the connector ramp until 6:15 a.m., according to CHP.

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