Tustin Pedestrian Dies in Orange County Pedestrian Car Crash
Posted on Mar 22, 2011
A Tustin woman is dead after being struck and dragged by a car driven by an elderly woman.
The Tustin pedestrian accident occurred on Monday, March 21 just before 11:45 a.m. near the intersection of Red Hill and El Camino Real. Seventy-four year old Beverly Martinez was crossing the street near an I-5 freeway exit ramp. She was struck by a Mercury Sable. The driver continued for more than a mile dragging Ms. Martinez under her vehicle as she travelled down El Camino Real to Newport Avenue. The body came loose from the vehicle on Newport Avenue near Sixth Street. Ms. Martinez was found near the center divider. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 79-year-old woman driver of the Mercury drove an additional half-mile before witnesses were able to stop her at Newport and Irvine Boulevard. The driver was examined by paramedics and interviewed by police, but was not arrested.
Intersection of Red Hill and El Camino Real is a well-lit, controlled crosswalk. The accident is under investigation, but police say drugs and alcohol are not believed to have been a factor. They do not know who had the right of way at the time of the crash and if the heavy rain at the time played a role in the Orange County crash.