Woman Hit, Killed Running Down I-5

The 52-year-old passenger jumps out of a vehicle and is hit by freeway traffic north of Crown Valley Parkway.

A woman passenger who hopped out of a car and ran alongside the carpool lane on Interstate 5 was struck and killed around 9 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.

The 52-year-old Huntington Beach woman had been riding in a northbound vehicle near Crown Valley Parkway, CHP Officer Chris Goodwin said. She left the car as traffic slowed and ran to the center divider.

After climbing over the median, the woman ran alongside the carpool lane in the opposite direction, Goodwin said. She was running on the center shoulder, a space about 6 feet wide that divides the carpool lane from the median, he said.

As she sprinted north, "she ran out into the carpool lane in front of a Honda Pilot" and was struck head-on, the officer said.

She later died at Mission Hospital.

The incident is being investigated as a possible suicide, Goodwin said.

The three left lanes on the south 5, including the carpool lane, were shut down for about an hour, Goodwin said.

The driver of the vehicle pulled off the freeway and was soon after contacted by CHP, he said.

The Orange County Coroner's Office would not release the woman's identity pending notification of her next of kin.

The CHP is looking for witnesses. Anyone who saw the incident is encouraged to call Officer Eric Barnard at 949-487-4000.

Rebecca Lynn June 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Ok, so as I understand it, Linda was FACING traffic while running north. So she was aware of southbound traffic and deliberately leaped in front of an oncoming vehicle in the carpool lane. Unless the driver of the vehicle she was in was taking her for a mental health evaluation, this moment of being distraught enough to do something like this seems to have been caused by something that happened in that car and involving that driver. However now that she's gone, we don't know exactly what happened which was the catalyst (or final straw) for her decision to end her life. All we have is the driver's account, and it could be colored if he is unwilling to accept any responsibility. The reason I doubt that the driver ISN'T responsible in some way is that there is no mention of him calling 9-1-1 the moment Linda exited the vehicle and put herself in harm's way. Author, Peter Schelden, states that he took the next off-ramp and CHP initiated contact with him shortly thereafter, but it doesn't suggest that the driver called, reported the incident and requested contact. Likely, there WERE witnesses, and they identified the vehicle she exited and its subsequent course off the freeway. THAT'S probably how CHP found him and contacted him. I just believe the driver has a story to tell, and I'm not sure if it's a truthful account of what happened just prior to Linda committing suicide. What a beautiful person missing from the world now.
Rebecca Lynn June 30, 2012 at 04:37 PM
In fact, who was the driver of the vehicle from which she exited? Was it her husband or boyfriend? Did he reveal to her that he was having an affair, or that he wanted a divorce?
Robyn C June 30, 2012 at 05:03 PM
It is so disturbing that people are so hell bent on complaining about the lack of facts in the article that they make up a story that is slanted to a bad made for TV movie based on NO FACTS. Assuming it was a male driver, assuming the other people in the vehicle are to blame, all of this is disgusting. She had a family who have asked in different threads for privacy. You people making up facts have no right to do so. Maybe you should stop using your imaginations and show some compassion and empathy for all those involved. That would be the humane thing to do, Rebecca Lynn.
Sarah de Crescenzo June 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
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Rebecca Lynn June 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Oh, pardon me, "Robyn C"...I'm not making up anything, but trying to deduce, and yes...in the absence of reported facts. I'm asking questions because I want to know, and what's worse than asking questions is someone who claims the public who received the advertised news has "no right to do so". So keep it in perspective will ya? Because I'm not, nor do I know anyone who is, bothering the family. Not only that, but no one is "assuming" the driver was a male. Author, Paul Schelden, stated it in the comments of the updated article when he assigned the pronoun, "He" to the driver. The update is something you might want to check in order to be thorough before YOU assume anyone is ASSUMING! Get it?
shaun June 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Chill pill Robyn.
Alan Gonzlez July 01, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Please... The driver of the car from which she exited bears no responsibility whatsoever. Stop making her out to be some tragic victim. She voluntarily hopped out of the car and ran along the interstate against traffic and jumped in front of an incoming car. Yeah, she killed herself. Period. But she's no victim. We're lucky she didn't cause some pile up or injury to the driver she stepped in front of. People do stupid things. Had she caused some kind of multi car collision that resulted in deaths (other than her own), I'm sure people would be a lot more critical of her and her STUPID behavior.
Robyn C July 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Rebecca, perhaps you should re-read the above. The 'He' that was used was referring to the Police officer that made the statement, not the driver of the car. Bottom line is the fact that she jumped from the car, she ran along the road and she jumped in front of the oncoming car. Tragic. No one can assume, presume or deduce what state of mind this woman was in. And to do so is disrespectful to her family and that of those in the vehicle with her as well as the 19 year old that struck her. There is no question everyone has a right to facts, but you do not have a right to deduce from a lack of facts what you think may have happened. Enough said. RIP.
Rebecca Lynn July 01, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Actually, Robyn C, having the right to question via deduction inevitably from a lack of facts IS the bottom line. I'm glad you feel "enough said" because the sooner you realize that your condescending tone won't win anyone's opinion, the shorter your comments will be. In fact, you have no right to tell me that I'm being disrespectful, "and to do so is disrespectful" to me. If you're concerned about anyone being disrespectful to her family, I think you need to focus on those whose comments are INTENTIONALLY disrespectful and overtly malicious. Oh, and don't tell me "RIP". I'm not dead. (You should specify that "RIP" for the decedent!)
Andrew Sanchez July 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
OMG.... C'mon people.... Someone just died.... Please have a little respect. Maybe we should hold a min of silence and pray for her family. This isn't about you, it's about the poor lady who just passed.
Rebecca Lynn July 03, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I wonder if Linda was going somewhere against her will. Was it an intervention?
Shaun Johnson July 03, 2012 at 04:19 AM
We are all entitled to Free Speech - Continue your comments as you please.
KC Serna July 03, 2012 at 06:29 AM
No matter what caused the lady to do what she did, I feel the sadness of her death every time I think about it. I know it's really none of our business, but I can't help but wonder about her history and what it was that led up to her losing control. Can only image how the 19 yr. old girl who hit her will cope with this. I believe there were four others in the car the lady was riding in. What a blessing there weren't more people hurt or killed.
s gomez July 03, 2012 at 07:23 AM
She wasn't her self and her family will suffer.
Nix Winters July 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
It may be public and we may be very curious, but as soon as something tragic happens to someone you love, you will probably be quite indignant and hurt. Just sayin...
Rebecca Lynn July 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
If that were to be the case, then I'd first be unhappy with law enforcement for releasing our family's incident of tragedy to the media, and then unhappy with the news source for publicizing it, and possibly writing comments to the editor to be more sensitive than to advertise with headlines like, "[Woman] Dead After Fatal Accident...", or "Woman Hit, Killed...". So again, let's put this in perspective. Are so many of you truly angry at commenters who are prompted to discuss something that the media has made newsworthy? Or, should you go directly to the source, the publication, and ask the editor to keep the information private that police have released via public records? Before you get angry and critical at commenters discussing a publicly reported tragedy, get angry with the police for releasing the information to the media, and then with the media for advertising it! You can keep your comments coming that when people are on the Internet and are confronted with current events that are personal tragedies, they should follow some unspecified protocol to only pay respects regarding the loss of a human being and their familial survivers, but you have a lot of area to cover, because that is the nature of many caring people, which is to be inquisitive because they want to understand how something like this could happen.
Sarah de Crescenzo July 03, 2012 at 10:18 PM
@Rebecca Lynn: It's the media's role to get information to the public, even when it's sad and tragic like this incident. News reports aren't always pleasant, but they are how readers stay informed. (Think of war reporting, which is vitally important but frequently heart-wrenching to read.) This wasn't only a private or personal tragedy—it impacted many others who were present that day.
Rebecca Lynn July 04, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Audrey, please be respectful by not behaving in such a condescending way toward other commenters. I, for one, have not been disrespectful by speculating or asking questions, and I'm not aware that anyone else has either. The only truly disrespectful comments have already been deleted by the monitors of these comments. It's equally disrespectful for you to suggest that it's the practice of everyone here to "pray".
Rebecca Lynn July 04, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Sarah, I'm confused and believe you may have misinterpreted my last comment, because we are not in disagreement. I agree that the media is tasked with informing the public and have no issue with that. I do, however, take issue with other critical readers who think they can tell everyone else how to think and how to comment. Providing comments are within the publication's guidelines and that this privilege isn't being abused, commenters should have the liberty to ask questions regarding the circumstances of the reported event. But it sounds like from your comment that you thought "I" was being critical of how the media brought this event to light. Not at all. I was using the police and the media as an example of how these matters become public and that if Robyn C and Audrey, for example, disliked that fact, that they should stop their attempts to restrict commentary when it's not their job to do so, and direct their criticism elsewhere.
Sarah de Crescenzo July 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM
@Rebecca Lynn: Ah! Thanks for the clarification. I see your point now.
Andrea July 04, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Rebecca, I'm just going to "speculate" that you need a new hobby -- at least something other than starting fights on the Internet. In fact, I'm going to "speculate" that you are a very angry, sad, and lonely person -- feelings that possibly stem from some childhood trauma or such. Were you hugged enough? It's not your fault Rebecca -- let the anger go! Hey ... don't get mad at me for sayin' it or anything. Because I'm just "speculating." Feels good ... right? Audrey -- I'm sorry you lost an old friend. I don't pray, but my thoughts will still be with her family, hoping for healing.
MFriedrich July 04, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Very sad story. Hopefully the family will find out what really happened from the driver and be able to find some measure of peace.
Shaun Johnson July 04, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Well said Rebecca, don't even pay attention to the other drama queens on this comment thread. Some people just have nothing else to do but Bully others. Ive seen nothing wrong with you're comments on this topic.
Andrea July 04, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Shaun Johnson 8:42 am on Thursday, June 28, 2012 And just last weekend a 15 year old girl supposedly jumped to her death from a Aliso Viejo parking structure. Is something in the water?? Rebecca Lynn 9:37 am on Saturday, June 30, 2012 In fact, who was the driver of the vehicle from which she exited? Was it her husband or boyfriend? Did he reveal to her that he was having an affair, or that he wanted a divorce? Ring, ring! Hello pot? This is kettle. YOU'RE BLACK.
Rebecca Lynn July 05, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I'm not even sure your comment warrants a response, but since I'm at liberty...LOL (this is the first part of my response). Secondly, I'd like to take a moment to point out that your use of a cliche' seems off and, in fact, reversed. The phrase is "The POT calling the KETTLE black," not the other way around. Furthermore, since your comment doesn't make much sense, I want to say people should be sober when they post comments on the Internet!
Rebecca Lynn July 05, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I'm not mad at all. I believe you're projecting. But, tell ya what...I won't reply argumentatively to anyone who doesn't reply argumentatively to me. Oh, wait...that's what I ALREADY do. In fact, I make a practice of responding in similar fashion to others. If you notice, my original comment was not directed at any one individual, just my questions about the incident itself. Robyn C was the first to "start a fight"...not I. And now you've joined in, Andrea. So following your train of logic, you must enjoy engaging "fights on the Internet"? If you, or anyone, unfairly criticizes the content of my posts, particularly when my questions were sincere and authentic, without malice or intention of offending anyone, then YOU (plural) are the ones "starting a fight"! Now back to Linda Von Trapp, as with anyone who commits suicide, I wonder if she had been feeling suicidal for a while leading up to the incident, and if so, if those closest to her recognized this and were attempting to help her.
Rebecca Lynn July 05, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Ok, thank you, Audrey. I appreciate your clarification.
Rebecca Lynn July 05, 2012 at 01:35 AM
You know, I had to go back and reread your "Kettle" comment to try and see from where you were coming when you made that comment. Are you under the impression that "I" (and possibly Shaun Johnson) have been opposing the comments of others who are speculating on the content of this article?? If so (and because I'm finding it difficult to understand what else you could have meant by that "Kettle" comment), you are gravely mistaken and I encourage you to read back farther in the thread. In my case, it is just the opposite. Others have rudely opposed my "speculation", and in turn, I was pointing out their flaws in not following their own rules. But for some reason, I still doubt you'd understand this.
Les September 02, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Common sense tells us that this woman was likely trying to get AWAY from the driver of this car. Makes me wonder why you would so quickly side with the driver. Freeways are scary. Only a very distraught person would jump onto one. Therefore i have to respond that YOUR comment does NOT make much sense at this time....
Shaun Johnson September 02, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Les, who's siding with the driver? I believe they are saying poor driver to the person who hit and killed the woman.


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