A fist-fighting incident inside an Uber vehicle and spilled out onto the 101 Freeway in Encino early Monday morning left one person dead after they were struck by a California Highway Patrol cruiser.
ABC Channel 7 in Los Angeles reports that the incident began at approximately 3:30 a.m. when the Uber driver picked up two men in West Hollywood. The two men, one in the front seat of the vehicle and one in the back, begin fighting. The Uber driver stopped his car near Balboa Avenue and dialed 911.
The Uber driver, who did not want to appear on camera, said that the passenger in the rear had begun choking the man in the front seat when the fight broke out.
According to Officer Weston Haver, with the CHP, one of the passengers got out of the vehicle and jumped the center concrete median of the freeway from the westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway into the eastbound lanes and was running across the lanes of traffic. It was then that the passenger was struck by Haver’s patrol cruiser.
The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released pending notification of family. However, he is described as a male in his 30’s.
While Officer Haver was not injured in the incident, the crash with the pedestrian shattered the windshield of the patrol vehicle.
The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the incident. No charges have been filed in the case.