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Coroner IDs man killed on freeway in Livermore

Struck by big-rig while standing outside car following prior solo crash, CHP says

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has released the identity of the man who died after being hit by a semi-truck while standing to the side of his wrecked car on Interstate 580 in unincorporated Livermore earlier this month.

The decedent was identified as 52-year-old Jose Salvador Arenas, according to the coroner's bureau.

The California Highway Patrol previously reported the situation started at about 6:45 a.m. Aug. 2 when a Toyota Corolla driving in the No. 5 lane on I-580 eastbound drifted to the right and struck the yellow attenuator barrels in the right shoulder of Greenville Road in Livermore.

The driver -- later identified as Arenas -- got out and stood next to the Corolla, which came to rest on the freeway blocking the right-hand lane, according to the CHP.

Then, a Freightliner semi-truck towing a box trailer on the freeway struck the Corolla, which propelled both the sedan and the big-rig into Arenas, who died at the scene, according to authorities. The circumstances of the fatal collision remain under investigation by the CHP.


About the Author: Jeremy Walsh

Jeremy, a Benicia native and American University alum, joined Embarcadero Media in November 2013. After serving as associate editor for the Pleasanton Weekly and, he was promoted to editor of the East Bay Division in February 2017.
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