Woman faces murder charge for rollover crash that killed daughter

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MARANA, Ariz. – Detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety have arrested a Phoenix woman on criminal charges stemming from a rollover collision that killed her daughter and injured her son.

Detectives believe Irma Linda Martinez, 38, was under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred near Marana at about 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 4.

According to DPS, Martinez was driving an SUV on westbound Interstate 10 at Cortaro Farms Road at a speed greater than the posted limit. She lost control of the vehicle as it rotated clockwise and slid into the right dirt shoulder where it rolled over at least one and a half times, coming to rest on its roof.

Martinez's 18-year-old son, Marco, was ejected from the back seat. He sustained critical injuries and was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Martinez's 16-year-old daughter, Christlyn, was critically injured and died at University Medical Center. Christlyn was properly restrained at the time of the crash.

Martinez was arrested after she was released from the hospital on Jan. 7.

She was booked into the Pima County Jail for second-degree murder, aggravated assault with serious physical injury, aggravated assault dangerous instrument and five counts of endangerment.

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