Death of woman who crashed into Alton grain elevator ruled an accident

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by Ashley Jones / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 6:14 AM

(KMOV.com) -- A 27-year-old Fairmount City woman killed in a crash on March 9 had a blood alcohol content more than four times the legal limit.

The Madison County coroner ruled the death of Christina M. Martinez, 27, as an accident on Tuesday.

Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz says Martinez first crashed into a car in Godfrey Township, injuring the vehicle's driver. Hertz says she then left the scene, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour before crashing into the ConAgra building at W. Broadyway and Williams streets. 

Her cause of death was blunt trauma to the head and chest. Martinez had a blood-alcohol level of .365. The legal limit in Illinois is .08 percent.

Drug testing determined she also had an antidepressant and cocaine metabolites in her system.

 

 

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