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Woman struck, killed on 210

July 27, 2010|By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com

A Montrose woman was killed Tuesday morning after she stepped out of her car on the Foothill (210) Freeway near Ocean View Boulevard and was struck by a passing vehicle.

Linda Saunders, 55, had stopped her silver, four-door Volkswagen sedan on the right shoulder of the eastbound 210 Freeway just before the Ocean View Boulevard off ramp, said California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Powell.

She exited her vehicle and was in a traffic lane when she was struck at about 5:25 a.m.

"It is under investigation," Powell said. "We don't know why she was stopped at the time. And we don't know what she was doing out of her vehicle and in the traffic lanes."

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Saunders was thrown into the number three lane after being hit. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car that hit the woman left the scene, but turned herself in to report the incident within a "reasonable" time frame, Powell said, adding that the accident has not been classified as a hit and run.

The accident blocked several lanes and snarled eastbound 210 Freeway traffic for more than two hours.

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