SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police said a man died after being hit by a car while he was allegedly trying to steal a catalytic converter early Monday morning.

Police said around 4:45 a.m., officers responded to Timberlake Way, located near the Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, and found a man with serious injuries.

The man was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has since identified him as 28-year-old Jose Adolfo Rangel.

Police said Rangel was allegedly tampering with the car that hit him, and they believe he was trying to steal the car’s catalytic converter before he was struck.

The driver of the car spoke to police about what happened and the investigation is ongoing.