The person killed in a pedestrian vs. vehicle collision on Friday night has been identified as 16-year-old Donald Brown by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Brown was killed on Interstate 5 near the Valencia Boulevard on-ramp at approximately 10:30 p.m, according to Officer Michael Nasir with the California Highway Patrol.
Preliminary information, according to the CHP, was that Brown died by suicide by jumping off the Valencia Boulevard overcrossing.
The incident was first reported at approximately 10:30 p.m. and prompted a SIG alert for the No. 3 and 4 lanes of the northbound side of the I-5. The alert started at 11:18 p.m. and lasted until 1:36 a.m.
The on-ramp at Valencia Boulevard was also closed during the SIG alert.
Brown was pronounced dead on the scene by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Brown’s city of residence was not immediately available from the coroner’s office.
Mental health experts urge that if someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide do not leave the person alone, and remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt and to take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or experiencing a mental health crisis, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or 988.