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Riverside woman dies after apparently jumping from truck on freeway

A 56-year-old Riverside woman was killed Sunday when she apparently jumped out of a pickup on the San Gabriel River Freeway and was struck by a horse trailer that the truck was towing, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Witnesses reported that Suzie Lee seemed to jump from the passenger side of the truck as it traveled north on the 605 Freeway over Interstate 5 in Santa Fe Springs shortly before 11 a.m., according to CHP Officer Monica Posada. The driver of the truck was identified only as J. Lee, she said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The slow lane of the freeway was closed for three hours.

Why Lee exited the vehicle was not immediately known, and the investigation was continuing, Posada said.   

-- Rich Connell

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Was driving by couldn't have been more than 15 min after this event happened, Driver appeared very distraught. laying on a rock or tree stump in tears. Very confusing when driving by to know what went on. She had on Nike shoes and small framed lady. appeared to be on her stomach when covered by the tarp. and not sprawled out or anything,

What is their to investigate?She was iether pushed out or jumped out volutarily.We need to hire police officers with some form of a brain.

David, what about the door was faulty and it opened and she fell out.

My husband and I noticed the yellow tarp ahead and we were shocked to see that a body was lying underneath once we got closer. The person was face down, legs were crossed and they were wearing running shoes. (An image I will never forget.) We assumed it was a motorcycle accident since we could only see one car. (a truck pulling a trailor)

We noticed up ahead a man talking to police sitting on the ground that appeared to be in disbelief.

We now know what happened, very sad. Our prayers go out to the families.

Now I know it was a woman and that she was

As a friend of the family and a close friend of Ms. Lee lets not try to guess what happened lets just open our hearts to the family and pray that they can find strenght in GOD, Family and Friends.
Susie, You were my best friend and J. Lee you will always be a friend because I know that Susie loved you very much. I pray for you, the girls and Susie's family. I pray that all of you will turn to each other for the strenght that is needed at this time. All the investigating in world will never bring back Susie and it will not heal the pain that each and everyone of you are feeling.

Was this a murder? was this a husband fighting with his wife? did anyone see anything poior to her coming out of this vehicle? I wonder about this.


its very sad to hear the tragic news. my uncle is a horse trainer and luckly Mrs.Lee let my uncle have the mare Suzies Phantom to train.. she turned out to be very good!! shes won 5 races and 1 second out of 7 races! Suzies Phantom was like Mrs.Lees baby. the day of Mrs.Lees accident Suzies Phantom raced and she got 5th, which seemed unusual because she was more likely to win it. That entire day she seemed very upset which was unusual. At night she didnt want to eat and was cornered up in her stable. We believe Suzies Phantom had presentiment that something was wrong with Mrs.Lee which was the person that took care of her and raised her since she was born AND had the same name as her! Our prayers go out to the family.

If she jumped out voluntarily then she committed suicide. Was she mentally disturbed or drunk/high. An investigation should be done to determine why she did this. If he shoved her out of the truck, then a murder investigation will be completed. Maybe it was just a tragic accident, she mistakenly opened the door and fell out.

Can someone tell me how to send condolences to the family?

I was given a tour of the Coroners office Sunday afternoon and Mrs. Lee's body had just came in. I pressumed she was ejected from a crash. I was really taken back by her condition. Accident or intentional it is very tragic. My condolences to the family.

I was Brandi's child hood best friend. I spent my youngest years with Brandi, Sabel, Susie and Jerry on the Ranch is Santa Fe. Unfortunatlly I have lost touch with my dear friend and was heart broken to hear this news. If anyone could help me to get in touch with Brandi I would be very greatful. My prayers are with them. Jerry and Susie always treated me with love growing up and treated me as close as one of their own. I will always hold close to my heart those wonderful memories.

It has been 14 months since my beautiful sister died and not one day has ever passed without my thinking of her... not broken, but whole and at peace in the arms of a loving God. For He has wiped away all her tears; She can no longer be hurt by broken promises and betrayal. And someday we'll walk across heaven together, laughing and rejoicing at our reunion.


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