Driver in coma after being shot on 101 Freeway in the Valley

A 26-year-old woman is on life support after she was shot in the head on the 101 freeway in the San Fernando Valley last weekend, authorities said.

The woman, identified by the family as Ronni Newt, was driving northbound on the 101 freeway in Tarzana between 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol, when multiple shots were fired into her vehicle. A bullet hit her in the head, officials said.

Newt was taken to a hospital in critical condition and has been in a coma ever since, authorities said.

No suspects have been arrested or identified in connection with the shooting, officials said. CHP is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect(s) and dash cam footage that may have been taken on the 101 Freeway from the 405 to Tampa Avenue on the afternoon of December 17th.

“We are devastated,” said the victim’s father, Robert Newt said KTLA. “Our family is devastated. Whatever the outcome, we’ll never be the same. It has been turned on its head.”

CHP received reports of a traffic accident on the northbound 101 freeway near White Oak last Saturday at around 5:16 p.m. Responding officers located Newt’s vehicle on her right shoulder and found her slumped in her car seat with multiple gunshot wounds.

Family members said Newt was on her way to meet friends and was scheduled to come home later in the day to help decorate her Christmas tree.

“No way at 5 a.m. on a Saturday on the 101 that nobody saw anything,” her mother, Francine Webster, told KTLA.

Officials are asking anyone with information to call CHP Detective J. Leblanc of the Southern Division Major Crimes Unit at (323) 644-9550. Driver in coma after being shot on 101 Freeway in the Valley

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