By Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2020

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities said Saturday they are investigating the death of a man who was hit by a vehicle driven by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The incident happened about 8:40 p.m. Friday when the agent was driving to a spot along the border to investigate reports of people illegally crossing it, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

The agent’s vehicle hit a man who was lying in the road, the agency said. “The agent immediately rendered aid to the injured individual until the arrival of emergency medical services,” the agency said.

The man was first taken to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to a trauma center in Palm Springs, where he died, the agency said.

The U.S. Border Patrol is trying to identify the man.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating, as is Customs and Border Patrol’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

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