Coroner Identify Woman Hit and Killed by Vehicle on Highway 101 near San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara as Andrea Martinez
Santa Clara, California (May 9, 2020) – The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman who died after being struck by a vehicle early Wednesday morning on Highway 101 in Santa Clara as Andrea Martinez, 45.
Martinez was attempting to cross the highway in the northbound lanes just south of San Tomas Expressway at about 4:12 a.m. when she was hit by a 2014 Chevy Silverado that was traveling northbound.
Reports said that Martinez stepped into traffic from the right shoulder and was hit by the Silverado. Apparently, the male driver of that vehicle saw the woman and slammed on the brakes but, unfortunately, was not able to stop in time.
Martinez succumbed to her injuries at the crash scene, authorities said.
CHP is investigating the crash.
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