Woman Drops Cell Phone on Highway, Dies Trying to Retrieve It

The California Highway Patrol says a woman has died on an Orange County Freeway after she dropped her cell phone and hunted for it while driving.

Authorities say 33-year-old Gladis Andrade-Zepeda of Fontana was trying to retrieve the phone when she swerved and hit the center divider of Interstate 405 in Fountain Valley around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sgt. Dana Anderson says the woman got out of the car, which was in the carpool lane.

Another car came into the lane and broadsided the stopped vehicle, apparently crushing the woman in between.

A passenger in the woman's car was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. Two people in the other car also were taken to a hospital after complaining of pain.