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Uber passenger killed on 101 Freeway in Encino

A passenger in an Uber who had been fighting with another passenger jumped the freeway divider and was killed in a crash.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 12:42 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 12:43 PM

ENCINO, Calif. - A passenger in an Uber who had been fighting with another passenger jumped the freeway divider and was killed in a crash involving the CHP officer that was responding to the fight.

The crash happened at 3:40 a.m. on the eastbound 101 Freeway on Monday, Oct. 14. A section of the 101 Freeway in Encino was closed for more than five hours, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The CHP officer was responding to a call of an Uber driver on the westbound 101 Freeway in distress.

The Uber driver had reported the two passengers in the Uber were fighting with each other in the back of the vehicle as he was driving on the westbound side of the freeway. The Uber driver stopped the car when the two passengers began punching each other. One of the passengers then got out of the car, without the Uber driver's knowledge.

The passenger had then jumped the concrete wall dividing the two sides and was running across the eastbound lanes, according to investigators.

Once the CHP officers responded to the incident, another CHP vehicle was traveling on the eastbound lanes toward the scene to help. That CHP vehicle struck the passenger.

The passenger's name has not been released, according to authorities. It is not clear yet what prompted the altercation inside the Uber driver's car.

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