Woman, 22, dies in three-car crash in southwest Fresno

The Fresno BeeNovember 24, 2013 

A 22-year-old Fresno woman is dead after a three-car accident Saturday evening in southwest Fresno, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Martha Martinez.

The CHP said Martinez was driving a Toyota east on Jensen Avenue around 5:30 p.m. when she slowed to make a left turn northbound onto Fruit Avenue.

A 31-year-old driver from Kerman who was traveling behind the woman saw the Toyota rapidly slowing down and applied her brakes but could not stop in time. The Kerman driver hit the back of the Toyota and sent it into the westbound lane of Jensen and into the path of a Ford driven by a 64-year-old Fresno man, the CHP said.

The man hit the right rear end of the Toyota.

Martinez sustained major injuries. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where she died, the CHP said. All other parties in the accident had minor injuries and refused treatment.

Alcohol and drugs is not suspected to be a factor in the collision, which remains under investigation.

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