Tagger killed while crossing Long Beach Freeway

A freeway tagger was struck and killed early Saturday on the Long Beach (710) Freeway in Compton, California Highway Patrol officers said.

The man was identified as Raul Garcia Jr., 20, of Lynwood. Garcia had reportedly just painted the center median when he dashed across the 710’s northbound lanes just north of Alondra Boulevard at about 4:15 a.m., CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said.

A 2006 silver Nissan Maxima merging onto the freeway from Alondra Boulevard hit the man as he and two accomplices were sprinted from the median across the northbound lanes. All three were described as men in their 20s, but no names have been released.

Garcia was also struck by another vehicle, whose driver fled. The make and model of that vehicle was not immediately known.

The CHP said the other two taggers were detained and questioned. The driver who hit Garcia was not cited.

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