Incoming USC Student Dies After Being Hit by 2 Cars Walking on 110 Freeway

Rebekah Sager
August 26, 2019 - 1:00 pm

A Newport Beach University of Southern California student has died after being struck by two vehicles while walking in the southbound FasTrack lanes north of 37th Street just before 2:45 a.m. 

“It is with great sadness that we share that a USC student died in a tragic accident on the 110 Freeway,” the university said in a statement. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Matt’s parents, family and friends as they mourn this terrible loss."

According to the California Highway Patrol, Matthew Olson, 18, was initially struck by a Toyota C-HR, then hit by a second car which left the scene without stopping to help the student. 

The first driver stopped to help Olson before the Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived. Sadly, the teen was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Olson was a graduate of Corona del Mar High School, where he played on the volleyball team that won a national championship last year.

“Matt Olson was the heart and soul of the team,” one of his coaches, Matt Marrujo told the Los Angeles Times. “It is impossible to measure the impact he had on his teammates. He was an incredible young man that lived his life to fullest. Matt was the type of player that made me a better coach and person.”

It's still unknown why Olson was walking on the freeway.