FOSTER CITY, Calif. (KRON) – A suspect who died after a pursuit that started in Half Moon Bay early Wednesday morning and ended with him being fatally struck after running out of gas on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge has been identified. Eric Jaeger, 31, of Fremont, was identified by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau as the suspect who died after being struck west of the toll plaza in the eastbound lanes of the bridge.
Earlier, the accident resulted in eastbound California State Route 92 closing the right and center lanes approaching the eastbound causeway of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, leaving just one lane open during the early morning commute.
“Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes to avoid the area,” California Highway Patrol stated at 5:21 a.m. Wednesday.
The roadway was open again as of 7:36 a.m.
Subsequently, at 5:48 a.m., CHP tweeted that the collision was fatal, and was between a vehicle and a pedestrian.
According to the CHP, the collision was reported at 4:32 a.m. and came after the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office initially pursued a 2020 white Ford Mustang from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica but then lost sight on I-280.
According to updated information received from the CHP, San Mateo police had a visual on the vehicle on eastbound state Highway 92 but lost sight of the vehicle near Edgewater Boulevard. Minutes later, reports came in about a collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian on the bridge. The white Mustang was found at the scene and had apparently run out of gas and when the suspect left the car to continue fleeing on foot they were hit by a passing car.
Bay City News contributed to this report.