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Woman Killed After Falling From Car on 210 Freeway

SYLMAR, Calif. (KTLA) — Maria Josefina “Josie” Jimenez, 22,  was killed when she was possibly pushed out of a car into the fast lane of the 210 Freeway in Sylmar, authorities said.

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A 26-year-old man suspected of driving the car from a which a woman fell to her death on the 210 Freeway appeared in court Monday on a murder charge.

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Police released this image of Ricardo Jimenez, who was on Tuesday charged with murder.

Ricardo Jimenez of North Hollywood had turned himself in a day after the Los Angeles Police Department said officers were searching for him in the death of Maria Josefina Jimenez, 22, who was not related to the suspect.

At San Fernando Superior Court Monday, the judge entered an automatic not guilty plea for Jimenez, telling his attorney a formal plea was expected from the defendant at a Nov. 21 hearing.

Bail for Jimenez was set at $1.02 million, according to Shiara Davila-Morales, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, who police said went by “Josie,” died after she fell from a wildly careening car on Aug. 29 in Sylmar, according to the LAPD.

A driver stopped to try to help Jimenez, but she was hit by passing vehicles multiple times even as the car in which she had traveled drove away, police said.

The victim, identified in the prosecutor’s charging document as “Maria J.,” and the suspect were “in a dating relationship,” according to the DA’s office.

The two had had an argument at a tattoo parlor just before the incident, the LAPD had said.

“We have multiple sources who have come forward, putting Rick and Josie at a local tattoo parlor before midnight, with Rick causing a disturbance and berating Josie in front of others,” Lt. Paul Vernon said in a news release issued Aug. 30. “We know Rick was driving Josie’s red Toyota Corolla when the two left the parlor.”

A “key factor” in the arrest of Ricardo Jimenez for the alleged murder was the “amount of blood present on the passenger side” of the car, the LAPD’s Mission Station said on Twitter Saturday.

The criminal complaint against the suspect includes the special allegation that he used a knife, according to the DA’s office.

If convicted as charged, Ricardo Jimenez faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison, the DA’s office said, adding that police are still investigating the death.

Jimenez’s next court date was scheduled for Nov. 21.

A 26-year-old man suspected of driving the car from a which a woman fell to her death on the 210 Freeway last week was charged with murder Tuesday.

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Police released this image of Ricardo Jimenez, who was on Tuesday charged with murder.

Ricardo Jimenez of North Hollywood was in court Tuesday, but his scheduled arraignment was continued until Sept. 23, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jimenez had turned himself in Saturday, a day after the Los Angeles Police Department said officers were searching for him in the death of Maria Josefina Jimenez, 22, who was not related to the suspect.

The victim, who police said went by “Josie,” died after she fell from a wildly careening car early Aug. 29 in Sylmar, according to the LAPD. A driver stopped to try to help Jimenez, but she was hit by passing vehicles multiple times even as the car in which she had traveled drove away, police said.

The victim, identified in the prosecutor’s charging document at “Maria J.,” and the suspect were “in a dating relationship,” according to the DA’s office. The two had had an argument at a tattoo parlor just before the incident, the LAPD had said.

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The Los Angeles Police Department released this photo of Josie Jimenez, 22, saying she was killed after falling from a car on the 210 Freeway.

“We have multiple sources who have come forward, putting Rick and Josie at a local tattoo parlor before midnight, with Rick causing a disturbance and berating Josie in front of others,” Lt. Paul Vernon said in a news release issued Aug. 30. “We know Rick was driving Josie’s red Toyota Corolla when the two left the parlor.”

A “key factor” in the arrest of Ricardo Jimenez for the alleged murder was the “amount of blood present on the passenger side” of the car, the LAPD’s Mission Station said on Twitter Saturday.

The criminal complaint against the suspect includes the special allegation that he used a knife, according to the DA’s office.

Prosecutors recommended that bail be set at at least $1 million.

If convicted as charged, Ricardo Jimenez faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison, the DA’s office said, adding that police are still investigating the death.

GLENDALE, Calif. (KTLA) – Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, the man wanted for questioning in connection with the death of his girlfriend Maria Josefina Jimenez, turned himself into the Glendale Police Department on Saturday, authorities said.

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The Los Angeles Police Department released this photo of Josie Jimenez, 22, saying she was killed after falling from a car on the 210 Freeway.

Maria Josefina Jimenez, 22, died after witnesses said she fell from a wildly careening car early Thursday morning in Sylmar, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A driver stopped to try to help Jimenez, but she was hit multiple times even as the car in which she had traveled drove away, police said.

Los Angeles police issued a statement saying Rick Jiminez had turned himself into the Glendale police on Saturday morning.

The LAPD believes 26-year-old Jimenez, who is not related to the victim, was driving the car on the freeway when Maria Jimenez, who goes by “Josie,” fell from the vehicle and was killed.

The pair had an argument at a tattoo parlor just before the incident, according to an LAPD news release issued Friday afternoon.

“We have multiple sources who have come forward, putting Rick and Josie at a local tattoo parlor before midnight, with Rick causing a disturbance and berating Josie in front of others,” Lt. Paul Vernon said in the release. “We know Rick was driving Josie’s red Toyota Corolla when the two left the parlor.”

A girlfriend of the victim’s had been at the tattoo parlor with the Rick Jimenez and Josie Jimenez but left after an argument between the two escalated, police said.

The LAPD released a photo of the victim and of her red car, now missing.

Josie Jimenez, a resident of L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood, was identified by family members through her tattoos, police said.

Investigators believe Rick abandoned Josie’s red Toyota, which has a license 6NED426 and is still being sought by police.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – The woman who died after falling from a swerving car on the 210 Freeway and getting hit by oncoming traffic was identified Friday, and police said they were seeking the man believed to be the car’s driver.

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The Los Angeles Police Department released this photo of Josie Jimenez, 22, saying she was killed after falling from a car on the 210 Freeway.

Maria Josefina Jimenez, 22, died after witnesses said she fell from a wildly careening car early Thursday morning in Sylmar, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A driver stopped to try to help Jimenez, but she was hit multiple times even as the car in which she had traveled drove away, police said.

Los Angeles police believe 26-year-old Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, who is not related to the victim, was driving the car on the freeway when Maria Jimenez, who goes by “Josie,” fell from the vehicle and was killed.

The pair had had an argument at a tattoo parlor just before the incident, according to an LAPD news release issued Friday afternoon.

“We have multiple sources who have come forward, putting Rick and Josie at a local tattoo parlor before midnight, with Rick causing a disturbance and berating Josie in front of others,” Lt. Paul Vernon said in the release. “We know Rick was driving Josie’s red Toyota Corolla when the two left the parlor.”

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Police were searching for Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez.

A girlfriend of the victim’s had been at the tattoo parlor with the Rick Jimenez and Josie Jimenez but left after an argument between the two escalated, police said.

LAPD released a photo of the victim and of her red car, now missing.

Josie Jimenez, a resident of L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood, was identified by family members through her tattoos, police said.

Rick Jimenez is  5 foot 10 inches tall and has several tattoos, include “HUSTLER” tattooed on his neck and “WEST COAST” on his right forearm, police said.

Investigators believe he abandoned Josie Jimenez’s red Toyota, which has license 6NED426 and is still being sought by police.

Rick Jimenez is believed to be driving a black, two-door Honda Civic with chromed rims, license 6RJG807, according to police.  He lives on Kraft Street in North Hollywood and is thought to still be in the L.A. area, police said.

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LAPD released this image of Josie Jimenez’s red Toyota, from which she fell on the 210 Freeway.

Josie Jimenez’s estranged husband is not believed to be involved in her death, police said.

SYLMAR, Calif. (KTLA) —  The eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway reopened late Thursday morning in Sylmar, after a woman was killed when she was possibly pushed out of a car into the fast lane, authorities said.

A driver spotted a red car swerving “wildly” and saw the victim fall out of the car at about 1:30 a.m.; the motorist stopped to help, according to a Thursday afternoon news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

A passing car struck the woman, then “several cars and trucks ran over the body” even as the witness tried to stop traffic, the LAPD news release stated.

Meanwhile, the red car continued to drive away.

“Clearly, something was amiss in the car,” LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said in the release.  “A struggle? An argument? Pushed? Jumped out? It’s hard to classify her death without knowing the details of what happened in the car.”

Police were seeking to identify the victim, described as in her 30s with a quarter-sized tattoo on her neck, and another with “written script text, possibly in a foreign font.”

“A red car, Sylmar, 1 a.m. and a tattoo – maybe that might jog someone’s memory,” Vernon said.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Gretchen Schultz, Mission Homicide Unit, at 818-838-9951 during business hours or 877-LAPD-24-7 after hours.  Text tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads); messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.

Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contribute to this report.

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