MISSION VIEJO – A 51-year-old woman was killed after she jumped out of moving car on the I-5 freeway and ran across several lanes of traffic Wednesday morning, officials said.
Orange County Coroner’s Office officials late Wednesday night identified Linda Von Trapp as the woman who died after she was struck about 9:15 a.m. on the southbound I-5 just north of the Crown Valley Parkway exit.
Von Trapp was last seen running north on the southbound lanes of the freeway before she was hit by a 2003 Honda Pilot, said officer Eric Barnard of the California Highway Patrol.
The case is under investigation, but officials are looking into the possibility of suicide.
The woman was one of five people inside a vehicle that was traveling north on the I-5, he said.
As traffic slowed down on the freeway, Von Trapp reportedly jumped out of the car and ran across several lanes toward the center divider, Barnard said. She than jumped into the southbound side of the freeway and was seen running toward oncoming traffic before she was hit.
A 19-year-old woman who was driving the Honda Pilot was not injured in the incident.
Von Trapp was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, authorities said, where she was pronounced dead about 9:45 a.m.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact officer Eric Barnard at 949-487-4000.
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ and SEAN EMERY / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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