A Tranquility man was killed and a Fresno man was hurt after a vehicle hit them while they were refueling a vehicle on the side of Interstate 5 early Thursday morning in the area of Fort Tejon, the California Highway Patrol said.
CHP said a 39-year-old Tranquility man ran out of gas while traveling south on I-5 in a Jeep Cherokee near Sabodan Road around 5 a.m. He pulled to the side and called Jose Antonio Roa, 27, of Fresno to help. Roa pulled over in front of the Jeep, and the two men were refueling the vehicle when Joseph K. Boakye, 49, of San Bernardino, driving a 2010 Volvo truck south at about 55 mph, veered to the right and hit the two men.
The Tranquility man was thrown and landed in front of the Jeep, and Roa’s leg was grazed by Boakye’s vehicle before he was able to get behind the Jeep, CHP said. Boakye then hit Roa’s vehicle, causing major damage.
The Tranquility man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said. Roa was transported to Kern Medical Center with minor injuries to his left leg. CHP said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash.