Sophia Ardalan Killed in Road Rage Crash on Martel Avenue [Hollywood, CA]
Sophia Ardalan Dead, Samanth Cunha Arrested after Road Rage Hit-and-Run
HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 21, 2020) – A 26-year-old woman was killed following a bizarre chain of events that started with a road rage incident on Sunset Boulevard, early Tuesday morning.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the incident began around 12:30 AM. A Mercedes-Benz, driven by Sophia Ardalan, bumped a motorcyclist on Sunset Boulevard. Then, Ardalan reportedly followed the motorcyclist to the 1300 block of Martel Avenue.
In front of an apartment complex on Martel, the Mercedes passenger exited the vehicle to confront the motorcyclist. Ardalan attempted to maneuver the vehicle but accidentally hit a tree. The impact of the crash ejected Ardalan, pinning her between the car and the tree.
The passenger, later identified as 27-year-old Samanth Cunha, ran back to the vehicle and tried to move it. However, she ended up running over Ardalan. Cunha then exited the Mercedes and fled the scene on foot.
Authorities later located and arrested Cunha on suspicion of hit-and-run. Meanwhile, the motorcyclist remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
Los Angeles police said that Ardalan, Cunha, and the motorcyclist did not know each other prior to the incident. Investigators will release additional information once it becomes available.
We at Sweet James extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Sophia Ardalan.
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