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Man killed on freeway was spray-painting graffiti

February 18, 2009 | 10:59 am

A 25-year-old man who had just spray-painted over a sign was hit and killed by a car this morning as he ran across Interstate 5 north of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

Jaime Herrera of Los Angeles was running east across the northbound lanes  near the Los Angeles River when he was struck by a silver Toyota Camry about 4:30 a.m., said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

“He had just finished tagging a freeway sign when he attempted to run across the freeway,” MacWillie said. “There was another friend with him tagging, but he survived.” The freeway was backed up for miles this morning as three lanes were closed for more than an hour.

Read an earlier post on the man killed on the freeway.

-- Corina Knoll