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Arrest Made In Death of Woman On 210 Freeway, Cops Cite Blood In Vehicle [UPDATED]
The Los Angeles Police Department have arrested the driver of the car from which a woman was either pushed or fell to her death on the 210 Freeway last week. Ricardo "Rick" Jimenez turned himself over to authorities Saturday in conjunction with the bizarre death of his lover, Maria Josefina "Josie" Jimenez (no relation) after being wanted for questioning in the days after the woman was fatally struck after ending up on the freeway.
Witnesses report seeing Josie Jimenez emerge from a red car, later identified as the woman's own Toyota, with Rick Jimenez at the wheel. Once she came to be on the freeway she was struck numerous times by oncoming traffic.
One witness said he tried in vain to divert traffic away from the woman's body.
The LAPD Mission Station posted news of the arrest to Twitter:
Rick Jimenez and Josie Jimenez were seen together that evening at a tattoo parlor. Lt. Paul Vernon of the LAPD says multiple people have recounted seeing Rick berate Josie publicly at the shop that night. The pair were reportedly involved in a well-known affair.
Josie Jimenez' husband reported her missing. Authorities do not believe he had anything to do with her death.
The red car was located this weekend, and contained evidence pointing to a murder, as the LAPD's additional Tweet last night suggests:
UPDATE, September 3, 5:06 p.m.: Rick Jimenez has been charged in the death of Josie Jimenez, CBS 2 reports.
Police say a knife was used in the murder; it appears, due to the amount of blood in the car that the suspect stabbed the victim before she fell or was pushed out of the car.
An official cause of death has not been released pending additional tests, according to the Coroner’s Office. Police have said she was still alive before being struck by several cars on the busy freeway.
Jimenez is due back in court for his arraignment September 23.