A pedestrian who died on U.S. Highway 101 early Sunday morning after he was hit by a big-rig near an Embarcadero Road on-ramp has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as Santa Clara resident Joseph Faumuina.
The collision occurred at around 3:45 a.m., on southbound 101, just south of Embarcadero, according to CHP. Faumuina, 21, was reportedly walking in the right lane of the highway when he was struck by a southbound Freightliner truck.
Faumuina came to rest face down, on the right shoulder of the highway. CHP officers, and later firefighters, arrived at the scene and tried to administer aid. According to CHP, Faumuina was in and out of consciousness at the scene. He was later taken to Stanford Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased shortly after 5 a.m.
Faumuina may have been under the influence of alcohol, according to CHP. The driver of the Freightliner was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and did not suffer any injuries.
The two southbound right lanes were closed for about an hour early Sunday while CHP officers investigated the scene. Any witnesses are asked to call 650-369-6261.