By City News Service
People in the Crescenta Valley trying to get in and out of the San Fernando Valley via the Foothill (210) Freeway may have found it difficult early Thursday morning due to a homicide investigation.
A woman fell, jumped or was pushed from a car before being struck by other vehicles and killed Thursday morning on the eastbound 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.