Fairmont City woman driving 100 mph is killed in crash

News-DemocratMarch 10, 2014 

A Fairmont City woman driving more than 100 mph was killed Sunday evening in a traffic crash in Alton, authorities said.

Shortly after 5 p.m., Christina Marie Martinez, 27, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Equinox east on Broadway, when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a concrete barricade adjacent to the ConAgra facility west of State Street in Alton, according to Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn.

Just minutes before the fatal crash was reported at 5:11 p.m., Martinez is accused of speeding through an intersection and crashing into a car along the Great River Road near Clifton Terrace Road in Godfrey Township, according to Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz.

Witnesses said she was driving between 100-130 mph, Hertz said.

"She was just flying down the road," he said.

The fatal crash was about four miles from the initial crash.

"The accident that cost her life probably happened two or three minutes after that first accident," Hertz said.

The Sheriff's Department had not reached the scene of the first crash before the fatal crash occurred, Hertz said.

The other driver during the first crash suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment, Hertz said.

Martinez, who was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, was not wearing a seatbelt, Nonn said. She was pronounced dead at 5:56 p.m. at the scene.

An autopsy Monday indicated that she died as a result of head and chest trauma; routine toxicological testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs will be performed, Nonn said.

The Alton Police Department continues to investigate the fatal crash.

Funeral arrangements were pending Monday but will be under the direction of Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

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