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Woman killed in wrong-way crash on I-280 identified, other driver could be charged


One person was killed, and two others were injured in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 280 Saturday afternoon, south of State Route 92, in Woodside, the California Highway Patrol said.

A white Ford sedan driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 280 crashed head-on into a black BMW SUV at about 2:38 p.m., California Highway Patrol said.

The BMW's driver, a 54-year-old San Francisco woman who the San Mateo County Coroner's Office identified as Eden Palmer, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old boy, who was in the front passenger seat of the SUV, was taken to Stanford Medical Center with major injuries, authorities said. His name was not disclosed. 

"The female who was killed at the scene was related to the juvenile that was riding with her in the BMW," said Arturo Montiel, California Highway Patrol-Redwood City public information officer. 

The driver of the white Ford sedan was identified as Constellatia Martin, a 24-year-old Campbell resident, according to the California Highway Patrol. Martin reportedly undressed and got out of the Ford, according to the highway patrol. She was arrested and taken to Stanford Hospital with major injuries, police said.

”She was nude and when the officers approached her, they detained her,” Montiel said.

Charges against Martin will be announced when she is released from the hospital and booked into jail, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

It is currently unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, California Highway Patrol said.

Redwood City Pulse Editor Michelle Iracheta contributed to this story.


Avery Luke

About the Author: Avery Luke

Avery Luke, a Los Altos native, is a reporter at the Redwood City Pulse. She was formerly a reporter at KPFA Radio in Berkeley. Avery is also a newscast writer at KTVU FOX 2 and holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago.
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