Investigators are trying to determine if the death of a 19-year-old Saugus man killed Monday when he was struck by a big rig in Sylmar was an accident or suicide.
Kyle Carranza died Monday as a result of injuries suffered when he was a hit by a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer shortly after noon Monday, according to a report issued by California Highway Patrol Officer Josh Greengard.
“We don’t know if he intentionally did this,” Greengard told The Signal Tuesday. “We are getting together with family members to learn more.
“But, right now they don’t know if it was suicide or carelessness,” he said.
About 12:05 p.m. Monday, a pedestrian was spotted on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes of Interstate 210, just west of Roxford Street, Greengard said.
The driver of the big rig, westbound on I-210, was identified as a resident of Manteca.
“As the driver was approaching the pedestrian, for reasons unknown, the pedestrian walked into the I-210 westbound lanes,” Greengard said.
The pedestrian, later identified as Kyle Carranza, was struck by the front of the big rig.
As a result of this collision, Carranza suffered fatal injuries, while the driver of the truck suffered no injuries, Greengard said.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, told The Signal Tuesday that no official cause of Carranza’s death has yet to be determined.
“It was reported as a possible suicide,” Winter said. “An autopsy is pending.”
Alcohol and/or drugs is not suspected to be a factor in this collision.
The case is still under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer Delgado at the Newhall CHP Office at (661) 294-5540.
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