SYLMAR (CBSLA.com) — The eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway was closed for approximately eight hours Thursday morning as authorities investigated a suspicious death in Sylmar.
Officials received a call about a woman’s body on the freeway, just west of Hubbard Street, around 1:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Witnesses said a red car was driving erratically before it slowed down and the vehicle’s passenger side door opened.
A woman was seen coming out of the car and was subsequently struck by several other vehicles.
“When my car hit her, she was already either on her way down or trying to stand up. She was hunched over, she was alive,” a witness told CBS2/KCAL9.
The driver of the red vehicle did not stop to help the woman.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s identity was not released, but authorities said she was in her 30s and had a tattoo with writing and an emblem on her neck.
“The question of the day is, by what manner did she come out of that car? Was she pushed? Was she shot? Was she stabbed? Did she come out of the car willingly on her own trying to get away from someone?” Lt. Paul Vernon said.
The freeway, which was closed from the north and southbound Interstate 5 transition roads to the 210 Freeway, reopened around 9:15 a.m.
“Every minute this person remains at large and unidentified, our suspicions lean toward malice, foul play, and murder,” Vernon said.
Anyone with information should call Detective Gretchen Schultz, Mission Homicide Unit, at (818) 838-9951.