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Fatal Collision on Dogwood Road in El Centro

EL CENTRO, CA (August 6, 2021) – Tuesday afternoon, Fernanda Martinez was killed following a two-vehicle crash on Willoughby Road.

The accident happened around 3:36 p.m., on August 3. Officers arrived to the scene near Dogwood Road shortly after.

According to the CHP, a maroon Jeep Compass traveling eastbound on Willoughby Road collided with a white pickup truck.

As a result of the collision, both vehicles ended up in the Central Main Canal.

An Imperial County Deputy sheriff police arrived around 3:40 p.m., and located the vehicles in the water. According to reports, the Jeep was completely submerged with people inside.

Around 4:08 p.m., emergency crews had discovered the deceased victim in the water half a mile west of the collision. Unfortunately, medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

There were no other injuries reported, and it is still unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role.

Police did not release any additional information at this time. However, the accident remains under investigation.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Fernanda Martinez.


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