Man Jailed in Woman's Freeway Death

By Jason Kandel and Brandon Lowrey
|  Sunday, Sep 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:33 AM PDT
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Suspect Named in Woman's Bizarre 210 Freeway Death

Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, 26, is believed to have been behind the wheel when a woman was ejected to her death on the 210 Freeway.

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Suspect Named in Woman's Bizarre 210 Freeway Death

Police named a suspect in the death of a 22-year-old woman who either jumped, was pushed out of or fell out of a moving car on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, 26, is believed to have been behind the wheel when the woman was ejected and killed. Chuck Henry Reports from the newsroom for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
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The man suspected of driving a car from which a woman jumped or was pushed to her death on a Southern California freeway was jailed in connection with the incident, police said.

One key factor in deciding to arrest Ricardo "Rick" Jimenez was the amount of blood present on the passenger side of Maria Josefina "Josie" Jimenez's red car, found abandoned in the northeast San Fernando Valley, police said in a tweet.

Following a public announcement that he was wanted for questioning, police said Ricardo Jimenez, 26, turned himself in to the Glendale Police Department on Saturday.

Maria Jimenez, 22, was killed Thursday morning on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Sylmar. Jimenez came out of the passenger door of the red Toyota and was killed by oncoming traffic.

The two were not related, but were allegedly having an affair, police said.

Police said they had an argument at a tattoo parlor before Maria Jimenez's death, with Ricardo Jimenez "causing a disturbance and berating Josie in front of others,'' LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said.

"We know Rick was driving Josie's red Toyota Corolla when the two left the parlor," Vernon said.

Josie's estranged husband reported her missing, and police said he is not believed to have had any involvement in her death.

Authorities urged anyone with information to contact Detective Gretchen Shultz of the LAPD's Mission Division Homicide Unit at 818-838-9951.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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