Pedestrian Accident Claims 25 Year-Old Woman’s Life


Pedestrian Accident Claims 25 Year-Old Woman’s Life

Hit By A Peterbilt Semi, Victim Dies Instantly

Staff Report

HERNANDEZ – A young woman, 25 years old, according to her obituary, “loved to sing, dance and give hugs to everyone she met,” whose family was her life and was happily looking forward to a niece that was soon to be born, died in what was termed a pedestrian accident.

Jamie Monique Martinez was walking along U.S. 84/285 in Hernandez about 11:44 p.m. on Sept. 8, near mile post 195 where US Highway 84/285 intersects with Rio Arriba County Road 1 when she was struck by a semi-truck owned by Enviro-Tech Inc. and driven by 55 year-old Vincent Guy Young of Questa, New Mexico whose occupation is listed as a “truck driver. “

Martinez died instantly upon impact, according to the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office Preliminary Report. Some questions remain unanswered pending toxicology reports from the Office of the Medical Investigator. The preliminary accident report indicated no driver error was involved. 


According the to the report, Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Manuel Romero was dispatched “…to U.S. Highway 84/285, near milepost 195 in the village of Hernandez, New Mexico in response to an unknown pedestrian/”Jane Doe” (Jamie Monique Martinez) whom was struck by a semi on the southbound lane.”

At the scene, Sgt. Romero reproted he saw, “Vehicle #1, a 2OO5 blue in color Peterbilt semi-truck bearing New Mexico plate# _ _ _  726, with a 4O” flatbed bed trailer in tow, hauling a transformer generator. Furthermore, I noted the vehicle in a southbound direction with a shifted load (shifted from incident) just off the right lane resting half way on the shoulder.” Sgt. Romero then notes that the victim was  “located 75’ north of vehicle #1 on the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 84/285.”  SGT.’s Romero report then states, “…after evaluation by medics (Jamie Martinez) was believed to be deceased. “

The truck driver, who was identified as Vincent Guy Young, 55, made the following statement: “I was traveling south bound from Highway 285 when I noticed a person (Jamie Martinez) raise their hands up at me, I signaled and turned into the other lane when this person ran into my direction of travel striking her with the upper right side of my truck. I got down and checked to see if this person was breathing and dialed 911 and waited for law enforcement.” OMI Technician Carlos Gonzales “confirmed and pronounced Jamie Matinez dead at 12:3O am (243O Hrs.),” according to the Report.

The “Introductory Investigation began with the assistance of the New Mexico State Police who closed the southbound lane of U.S. Highway (84/285 in conjunction with myself (SGT. M Romero) photographing the scene” Romero wrote. Truck driver Young was given a “horizontal gaze nystagmus” (HGN). Young had no signs of  being  under the influence of alcohol and also consented to a blood sample being drawn. SGT. Romero did not find any evidence of the semi traveling at a high rate of speed. “I did not find any skid, drag, or yaw from vehicle #1 to suggest said vehicle had been traveling at a high rate of speed,” SGT. Romero wrote. The damage of the upper left portion of the semi was consistent with Young’s statement according to SGT. Romero.


However, OMI Technician, Carlos Gonzales found evidence that may suggest that Jamie Martinez intentionally ran in front of the semi because OMI’s Gonzales pointed out to SGT. Romero deep lacerations on Martinez’s forearms, that were caused prior to the semi accident because “one of the wounds was stapled with possibly an office stapler,” SGT. Romero wrote. This discovery was consistent with truck driver Young’s statement that Martinez “darted” in front of him.  The “third” point was an inspection of the semi by the NMDOT that found nothing wrong or in disrepair with the semi and ruled that there were “no contributing factors” to the accident by Young or the semi he was driving.

After the accident, Sheriff James Lujan, whom was the Supervisor in Charge at the scene, made contact with the next of kin, Jamie Martinez’s mother, Ms. Debbie Martinez, at 8:3O a.m. (O8:3O) on September 9 at the Sheriff’s Office in Espanola. Ms. Martinez had been trying to locate Jamie Martinez after finding her daughter gone after putting her to bed.  The Sheriff asked Ms. Martinez if her daughter “had any tattoos or identifying marks” on her or any photos.  Ms. Martinez produced some cell phone photos and the Sheriff confirmed the identity of Jamie Monique Martinez and advised Ms. Martinez that her daughter was the “the victim of the fatal accident.” The Sheriff told Ms. Martinez that SGT. Romero was the lead investigator in the case and gave her his business card with the SGT.’s name and the case number on it. Sheriff James Lujan then made contact with DeVargas Funeral Home and “advised them of the identity of Jane Doe.”


A social network page that the family of Jamie Monique Martinez created on-line in her memory, in addition to the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory website, showed both sites with posts, flowers and candles sent to the family and to Jamie.  Some wrote how they remembered Jamie with one post saying she had a “beautiful smile” while another said that “she gave hugs to everyone” and that Jamie Monique Martinez “will be missed.”