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Teen Running Across Freeway After Crash Killed in Hit-and-Run

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An onramp to the 5 Freeway northbound (Photo by sfxeric via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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An 18-year-old man was hit and killed by a driver early this morning after he exited his car and tried to run to safety following a car accident.The teenager was a passenger in a 2000 Honda Accord that hit a big rig at 4:20 a.m. on the 5 Freeway northbound north of Tuxford Street in Sun Valley, City News Service reports. The Honda came to a stop in the left two lanes of the freeway, after which the teen was trying to run to safety with two other people who were in the Honda when a third car, a 1997 Toyota Corolla, also hit the big rig and a fourth car hit the man and then sped off, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The teen, from the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita, was pronounced dead on the scene. The 27-year-old Palmdale resident who drove the Corolla suffered moderate injuries.

UPDATED 4:55 p.m.: The slain teen was Saugus High School senior Blake Cook, according to SCVNews.com. Cook was hit by a semi-trailer truck.

The driver of the Honda is Eddie Camargo, 20, also of Saugus; he sustained no injuries and has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. The third person in the Honda has been identified as a 19-year-old man; he suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.