Police Seek to ID Woman Who Fell From Car, Was Struck on 210 Freeway

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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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