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|Man Charged with Murder in Death of Woman who Fell from Moving Vehicle onto Freeway|
|Written by Alex Garcia|
|Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:10|
Ricardo “Ricky” Jimenez
Prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old North Hollywood man this week with murder in the death of a woman who allegedly fell from a moving vehicle onto the eastbound Foothill Freeway in Sylmar, forcing the closure of that thoroughfare for several hours.
Ricardo "Ricky" Jimenez, who turned himself in to authorities, was arraigned Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch. The criminal complaint includes a special allegation that a knife was used in the commission of the offense.
The victim, Maria Josefina "Josie" Jimenez, 22 (no relation to the defendant), was seen falling from a car onto the 210 Freeway in Sylmar, near the Polk Street exit on Aug. 29 around 1:05 a.m. Josie was struck numerous times by passing vehicles.
Maria Josefina “Josie” Jimenez
According to authorities, the victim and the defendant were in a dating relationship. Prosecutors recommended that bail be set at more than $1.02 million.
If convicted as charged, Jimenez faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison.
Jimenez turned himself in to the Glendale police on Aug. 31, two days after police released his name and photo in hopes of identifying him as a person of interest in the case.
A "key factor" in his arrest for the alleged murder was the "amount of blood present on the passenger side" of the car, the LAPD Mission Station police said Aug. 31 on Twitter.
Witnesses said they saw Jimenez emerge from a red car, which had sped away after Josie exited the vehicle on the passenger side. One witness said he tried in vain to divert traffic away from the woman's body, but the other drivers did not seem to notice the victim laying on the pavement or simply were going too fast to avoid hitting her.
Josie, who was married, was reportedly having an affair with Jimenez. The pair was seen together Wednesday evening, Aug.
28, having an argument at a tattoo parlor, according to police. Josie's husband reported her missing.
"We have multiple sources who have come forward putting Rick and Josie at a local tattoo parlor before midnight, with Rick causing a disturbance and berating Josie in front of others," said Lt. Paul Vernon of the LAPD Mission Station.
"Detectives pieced this fact together when a resident near the tattoo parlor came to the police station to report a woman had come to her front door around midnight, asking for a ride downtown," said Vernon when they were initially looking for Jimenez.
Josie's friend confirmed she was the person who had gone to the house, because she was trying to get away from Jimenez and his abusive behavior toward Josie, Vernon said.
The car driven by Jimenez was later found in the Foothill area. Josie lived in the Westlake area, near MacArthur Park, police said.
Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Coroner's office said a determination of the exact cause of the victim's death has been deferred pending additional tests.
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Gretchen Schultz, Mission Homicide Unit, at (818) 838-9951.
Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline. org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:21|