Victim identified in fatal I-880 hit-and-run

A man struck and killed while running across the southbound side of Interstate Highway 880 in San Leandro at about 1:30 a.m. today has been identified as 28-year-old Jesus Sanchez of Dublin, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Sanchez was reportedly driving northbound on Interstate Highway 238 onto northbound Interstate 880 when his vehicle became disabled, California Highway Patrol Officer Oscar Johnson said.

Investigators believe Sanchez had a flat tire and tried to cross the highway on foot to find help, Johnson said.

He reportedly ran across the northbound lanes, climbed over the center divide, and began to run across the southbound lanes near Washington Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle described as a gray, late model vehicle, Johnson said.

Sanchez's body was discovered hours later on the right shoulder of the highway at about 7:15 a.m., according to Johnson.

Investigating officers connected a 911 call from a woman earlier in the morning with the discovery of Sanchez's body, realizing the two incidents involved a similar vehicle, Johnson said.

Officers contacted the woman, who reportedly told investigators that she stopped her 2007 Dodge Charger on southbound Interstate 880 at about 1:30 a.m. to call 911 because she thought she had been the victim of a hit and run or had hit some kind of car part left in the roadway, Johnson said.

“Having seen situations like this before, it is conceivable she could have hit him running across the freeway and not known what she hit,” Johnson said.

The woman is not currently being held on any charges, according to Johnson.

An active investigation into the incident will continue, but officials believe they have identified both parties involved, Johnson said.

The southbound side of the highway was shut down for about an hour this morning as the coroner responded to the scene and retrieved the body, according to the CHP. A Sig-alert was issued at about 7:50 a.m., and canceled at 9 a.m., CHP Officer Tracy Hoover said.

Earlier reports that Sanchez resided in Livermore were rendered incorrect when a family member notified the coroner's bureau that Sanchez had recently moved to Dublin, according to Johnson. 

coroner responded to the scene and retrieved the body, according to the CHP. A Sig-alert was issued at about 7:50 a.m., and canceled at 9 a.m., CHP Officer Tracy Hoover said.

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