Driver dies after exiting moving SUV on freeway

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SAN DIEGO — A driver was killed Thursday after she fell or jumped out of a moving SUV on Interstate 15 in the Miramar area and was hit by at least one other vehicle.

Witnesses reported seeing the unidentified woman tumble out of the driver’s seat of a yellow Jeep Wrangler in a middle lane on the southbound side of the freeway near Miramar Way at about noon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The unoccupied SUV coasted on as one or more vehicles ran over the woman while she was down on the roadway, CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.

The Jeep continued along the interstate for about a quarter-mile before rolling to a halt against a center-divider wall.

A driver whose car struck the victim pulled over and was interviewed by investigators, Sanchez said. Officials were unsure if any other vehicles also might have hit the downed motorist or collided with each other.

It was unknown if the woman, who was carrying no identification, exited her SUV accidentally or on purpose, Sanchez said.

Various southbound lanes of I-15 in the immediate area were closed intermittently for about 90 minutes following the fatality. The freeway was fully open again by early afternoon, according to Sanchez.