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Driver arrested after Oregon woman dies after jumping from moving car

LA CENTER, Wash. (AP) — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of leaving a passenger who jumped to her death from the woman’s car while they were traveling on a southwest Washington freeway.

The Washington State Patrol arrested Lacee Cabrera on Thursday on suspicion of hit and run resulting in death, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Investigators say she and Kendra Fain were arguing on Jan. 31 while driving on Interstate 5 and that Fain of Sutherlin, Oregon, jumped out of the car while the vehicle was moving at highway speeds.

Cabrera drove away without calling 911, according to the state patrol. State troopers said Fain was discovered Sunday on Interstate 5 north of La Center, Washington. Emergency crews pronounced her dead at the scene.

Investigators went to Cabrera’s boyfriend’s apartment where the boyfriend said Cabrera had told him that Fain jumped from the moving vehicle and was dead, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Columbian.

Cabrera said she kept driving after Fain jumped and that she started to slow down until she saw another driver pull onto the shoulder near Fain’s body, according to court records obtained by The Columbian.

Cabrera was arrested at the apartment and booked into the Clark County Jail. It wasn’t immediately known if she has a lawyer.


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