LANCASTER – A Palmdale man has been charged with the death of his girlfriend after she allegedly jumped out of a moving pickup truck to get away from him during a fight, authorities said.
Bryan McKim, 57, is charged with kidnapping and murder in the death of his girlfriend of three years, 58-year-old Linda Wood, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The case stems from an incident that occurred in Palmdale on March 3, said Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
McKim was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck near East Avenue R when the couple began fighting.
Prosecutors allege Wood was trying to get away, but McKim continued to attack her and grabbed her by her hair and arms to keep her from exiting the vehicle.
When Wood broke free, she jumped out of the moving truck and hit her head on the street, according to authorities. She died at a hospital nine days later on March 12.
McKim was arrested May 19.
He was scheduled to be arraigned May 23 on one count each of murder and kidnapping, but the arraignment was postponed to June 7.
McKim remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.