Woman Fatally Struck by Oncoming Traffic After Exiting Disabled Vehicle on Muddy 10 Freeway in West Covina: CHP

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A hit-and-run driver fatally struck a woman who exited a vehicle after it hydroplaned on the 10 Freeway in West Covina, officials said Sunday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Grisol Lupita Ramirez of Pomona was sitting in the front passenger seat of a 2007 Honda Civic when the vehicle hydroplaned on the westbound side of the freeway near Holt Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

The driver, Jesus Angel Reyes, was traveling 65 to 70 mph in the No. 4 lane when he lost control of the Civic, CHP said. The vehicle slammed into the center barrier before coming to a rest on the No. 2 lane, facing the wrong direction.

That's when Ramirez got out of the Honda and walked into the path of another vehicle in the No. 1 lane, investigators said. The driver of that vehicle did not stop after striking her, CHP added.

West Covina Fire Department personnel pronounced Ramirez dead at the scene just before midnight, according to the agency.

CHP reported that vehicles were sliding off the roadways, and that at least one lane was covered with mud.

Authorities previously said at least seven vehicles had been involved in the collision. Video footage shows some of the cars stuck in a layer of mud that covered the freeway.

One vehicle was overturned and resting on its side. Broken glass and debris were strewn across the wet freeway.

Traffic on the westbound lanes was restricted to one lane for several hours early Sunday morning.

CHP asked anyone who witnessed the incident to call Officer A. Liu at 626-338-1164.

 

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