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Tustin woman dragged for blocks after being struck by motorist

March 22, 2011 | 10:14 am


Tustin police on Tuesday were investigating the death of an 74-year-old woman who was hit by a car and dragged for blocks.

Berna Martinez was walking alone Monday on Red Hill Avenue near an Interstate 5 offramp when she was hit by a Mercury Sable driven by a 79-year-old woman who had just exited the freeway, said Sgt. Todd Bullock of the Tustin Police Department.

Martinez, a Tustin resident, was pinned under the Sable and dragged for nearly three-quarters of a mile, Bullock said.

The driver apparently was unaware she had hit a pedestrian or that she had been dragging a body under her car. She eventually was flagged down by other motorists not far from where Martinez’s body was found.

Tustin police have not released the driver's name. She was identified only as a 79-year old woman from Aliso Viejo. She had not been arrested, pending further investigation.


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