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SLAYING, SUICIDE ADD TO FREEWAY CASUALTIES.

Byline: Daily News

A naked man crawling on the pavement and a rider whose motorcycle hit a center divider died Saturday on Southern California roads, and authorities also were investigating the apparent slaying of a woman whose body was thrown into traffic on the Glendale Freeway.

A 45-year-old Santa Monica man, apparently suicidal and trying to get killed, was seen crawling on the northbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway in Sun Valley around 1:51 a.m., said CHP Officer Frank Sansone. A sports-utility vehicle hit the man near Lankershim Boulevard.

In Glassell Park, a woman was seen falling from the back of a pickup truck onto the northbound lanes of the Glendale Freeway, where a car driven by a 21-year-old Glendale woman ran over the body around 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Police later determined that the 40-year-old victim had been dead before she was hit by the car.

Officers closed the two right lanes of the freeway just south of Verdugo until shortly before 8 a.m. in the investigation of the apparent homicide.

In Palmdale, 48-year-old Gerald Sargent of Los Angeles died around 3:10 a.m. Saturday when he was driving his 1985 Susuki motorcycle, along with other riders in a club, south on the Antelope Freeway at Sierra Highway, officials said.

Sargent's motorcycle drifted into the center gravel divider, where he lost control of it, was ejected and hit a metal guard rail, said Sansone.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 21, 2000
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