Coroner’s officials Sunday released the name of a 21-year-old woman who was killed when she reportedly assaulted her Uber driver on the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Mission Hills, was physically removed from the vehicle and eventually walked into the path of oncoming traffic.
The woman was identified as Jasmin Recendiz Morales of Los Angeles, according to the county coroner’s office.
Officers received a call about a pedestrian sitting in the No. 3 lane of the freeway at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and responded to a location just east of Sepulveda Boulevard at 12:45 a.m., where they were told the pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle and died at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A preliminary investigation determined Morales was a passenger in a Honda Accord when she began assaulting the Uber driver, causing small cuts and breaking the driver’s glasses as he drove her home, the CHP said.
The driver pulled to the right shoulder of the freeway and exited the vehicle to try to remove her from the car when she jumped over the center console and into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive away, the CHP said. The driver then removed the keys from the ignition and attempted to pull Morales out of the vehicle.
The driver managed to get her out of the car and she continued assaulting him until he was able to get back into the car and pull away, at which time, for unknown reasons, Morales walked from the shoulder of the freeway into traffic, where she was struck by at least one vehicle, described as a 2008 Nissan Altima, and killed, the CHP said.
No arrests were reported, but the sequence of events remains under investigation, authorities said.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it was asked to call the CHP’s West Valley office at 818-888-0980.