A woman was fatally struck by a car Thursday when she returned to a disabled car to retrieve some belongings on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway in the southwest Los Angeles area.

Ceilo Romero Rojas, 19, of San Pedro died at the scene about 3:35 a.m. north of Normandie Avenue, according to the coroner’s office and the California Highway Patrol.

According to the CHP, Rojas was riding in a 2005 Toyota that became disabled in the Nos. 1 and 2 lanes following a crash. She and the driver got out of the car and made their way to the right shoulder of the freeway, and then went back to the car “to recover personal items,” a CHP statement said.

The pair were standing next to the driver’s side of the car when Rojas was fatally struck by a 2004 Toyota driven by a 24-year-old Santa Ana woman, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, the CHP said. Her name was not released.

Anyone with information on the crash was urged to call the CHP South Los Angeles Area office at 424-551-4000.

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