I-5 Pedestrian in Fatal Crash Identified
State Troopers are continuing their investigation into the fatal pedestrian crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of I-5 Monday night about 9:00. Omer Zvi Aaronson, 30, recently arrived from Israel, died at an area hospital after being struck by a commercial truck as he was attempting to cross the Interstate.
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2013 Peterbilt pulling tandem trailers driven by Chic L. Erickson, 56, from Yreka was northbound on I-5 near milepost 24 when Aaronson, wearing dark clothing, ran onto the freeway. Erickson braked and tried to steer to the left lane but was unable to avoid the man.
Erickson, who was driving for Walgreens Incorporated, was not injured and is fully cooperating with authorities.
Troopers are working to confirm why the victim was crossing the freeway.