A suspect was struck and killed by an oncoming car after exiting a vehicle he allegedly stole on the San Mateo Bridge early Wednesday, after apparently running out of gas.
According to CHP Officer Chris Barshini, speaking to KTVU, the situation began after a homeowner in Half Moon Bay called the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to report a home-invasion robbery. The suspect allegedly stole the homeowners white Ford Mustang, and was soon spotted by sheriff's deputies, who gave chase. The deputies reportedly pursued the Mustang north to Pacifica, and then down I-280, but lost sight of it around Black Mountain Road.
CHP and San Mateo police became involved, with the latter spotting the Mustang on eastbound 92, then losing it near the Edgewater apartment complex. "Minutes later," CHP Redwood City tweeted, "there was a call of a [vehicle-vs-pedestrian] crash on EB 92 west of the toll plaza and the white Ford was located at the scene. The description of the [pedestrian] matches the description of the suspect."
Update: San Mateo PD picked it up on 92 eastbound and lost it near Edgewater.— CHP Redwood City (@CHP_RedwoodCity) September 21, 2022
Minutes later there was a call of a veh vs Ped crash on EB 92 west of the toll plaza and the white Ford was located at the scene. The description of the Ped matches the description of the suspect
The driver of a stolen Mustang died on the San Mateo Bridge early this morning after the California Highway Patrol said he likely ran out of gas. https://t.co/gd4GENAuF8— KTVU (@KTVU) September 21, 2022
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"We do believe the suspect ran out of gas," Barshini tells KTVU. "The suspect exited the vehicle and was struck by another vehicle. It's under investigation but it appears that just one vehicle struck the suspect," Barshini said, per KPIX.
The crash was reported just after 4:30 a.m., as Bay Area News Group reports, and set off hours of severe traffic.
All eastbound lanes of Highway 92 on the San Mateo Bridge were initially closed after the crash, and CHP then tweeted at 5:48 a.m. that one eastbound lane had opened.
CHP tweeted that all lanes reopened as of 8 a.m.
Update: The suspect who was killed has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner as 31-year-old Eric Jaeger of Fremont.