(FOX 11 / CNS) A woman fell, jumped or was pushed from a car before being struck by other vehicles and killed this morning on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Sylmar, and police were treating the death as a homicide.
The incident was reported at 1:05 a.m. in the area of Polk Street, according to the California Highway Patrol. A sergeant at the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division said the death was being investigated as a homicide. The red car did not stop, police said.
Lt. Paul Vernon of the LAPD's Mission Station said the woman appeared to be in her 30s and had a tattoo of some kind of emblem and some writing on her neck.
She was alive when she exited the vehicle, he said without elaboration, adding that the driver of the first car that hit her stopped but other drivers may have been unaware that they had struck a body.
One witness said he tried to wave oncoming traffic away from the downed woman, but to no avail. The only available description of the vehicle in which the woman was a passenger was that it was a red car, Vernon said.
The eastbound side of the freeway was closed at Maclay Street, as were the transition roads from the north- and southbound Golden State (5) Freeway to the eastbound 210, according to the CHP. The closures were expected to last until at least 7 a.m. this morning.
From Gina Silva:
The eastbound 210 freeway through
Sylmar is finally reopened after being shutdown for hours while death
investigation was conducted.
Around 1:30 a.m. detectives
say a red car was weaving in and out of lanes. Suddenly the door opened
and a woman either fell or was pushed out of the car. When she hit the ground a
witness pulled over to try to help her but the victim was instantly struck by
multiple cars driving on the eastbound 210 Freeway at Hubbard in Sylmar.
The only description given to
officers by the witnesses is that the car was a red vehicle. At
this hour, police don't have anyone in custody. They are calling it a death investigation but
they are leaning toward a homicide because the driver never stopped.
Lt. Vernon says the victim is a
white female in her 30's she had a quarter size tattoo on her neck with script
written underneath it, possibly in a foreign language. He's hoping the
mention of the tattoo and the red car in the Sylmar area will jog the
memory of someone who may know the driver.
If you know anything about this case
please contact the LAPD.