FREMONT -- A woman whose body was struck by a car along Interstate 680 this past weekend either walked onto the freeway or jumped from an overpass onto the freeway before being run over, police said Thursday.

Linda Charles, 59, of Fremont, was killed after a 1989 Toyota hit her just before 12:23 a.m. Sunday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 680 near the Warm Springs exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Charles was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Santa Clara County where she was pronounced dead.

Fremont Police spokeswoman Gevena Bosques said that on Saturday, about 10 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Hawthorne Drive after one of Charles' family members dialed 911 to report her missing.

"The caller stated that his family member had left the house and a letter indicating that she was suicidal," Bosques said. "The letter also had specific information about the location of the Palm Ave/I-680 overpass," Bosques said.

When police responded to the area, they did not locate her so officers entered her name into a missing person database.

At 2:15 p.m., police received word that the CHP had located her body on I-680 near the Palm Avenue overpass.

" It is not known if she walked onto the freeway or jumped," Bosques said. "Based on the information we have, it's likely that it was a suicide.

To speak with someone about suicide or depression, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).


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