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Woman hops out of car on freeway, latches on to another vehicle

Posted at 10:08 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 22:08:40-04

SANTA ANA, CA (KTLA/CNN) - Dramatic video captured a California woman being dragged by a car along a busy freeway during an apparent conflict. The woman appeared to escape serious injury.

Imagine heading home from work on the 55 Freeway northbound and you see a scary scenario playing out: A woman hanging off a car door being dragged down a freeway. Well that's what two Orange County friends witnessed on Monday evening during rush hour traffic.

They say she hopped out of a white car and ran and grabbed on to the passenger side of a black car.

“Basically, we noticed somebody jump out of a car. And when we looked over, at first it's kind of like, whoa, we're on the freeway and somebody jumps out a car. It doesn't process right. So after that, you see she ran towards the other vehicle and started screaming at the passenger side of the vehicle,” said Gabriel Martinez, a witness.

They say she seemed to be going after the girl sitting in the passenger seat of the black car. "And she starts swinging at the passenger side of the black car. And then I guess the black car, in defense, just took off. And then she held on to dear life. She held on for a couple minutes going about 12 miles an hour, I want to say," Martinez said. 

They feared for her safety. "I was afraid for the chick, her well-being. I didn't want her to get hurt or ran over or anything like that," Martinez said.

They say she eventually gave up and walked away. It's unknown if it was a road rage incident. The guys have their own theory.

"The dude that was driving, the girl on the side, that must have been the side chick. And then the girl that jumped out of the car was the real girlfriend so she went over there to beat up the side chick. That's what we think because it kind of seemed weird. It just happened out of nowhere," Martinez said.

Police have not said what was behind the incident. In fact, when they showed up to investigate, both cars had already left the scene.

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