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Fourteen-Year Old Girl Dies Of Injuries From Traffic Accident

"The Salem Police Department offers our sincere condolences to the Garcia family for their loss." - Lt. Dave Okada, Salem Police

Portland Road near I-5 in Salem, Oregon
Alma Garcia was fourteen-years old
Photo courtesy: Salem/Keizer School District

(SALEM, Ore.) - A fourteen-year old Salem student, Alma Garcia-Martinez, died this afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident two days ago in Salem during freezing weather.

Alma was riding in the rear seat of a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by her mother, Alma Rosa Olivares-Martinez, that was heading northbound at about 6:30 AM on Portland Road at Interstate 5, according to Lt. Dave Okada with Salem Police.

"Olivares-Martinez lost control of the vehicle on the icy overpass, slid into oncoming traffic and was struck by a southbound 1993 Toyota pickup truck being operated by 53 year old Jose Martinez," he said.

Alma Garcia-Martinez was riding in the backseat of the Ford Explorer without a safety belt, and sustained life threatening head injuries when she was thrown from her seat.

"The vehicle slid into oncoming traffic and Alma was thrown from her seat into the rear cargo area of the vehicle and sustained massive head injuries," Okada added.

"The Salem Police Department offers our sincere condolences to the Garcia family for their loss."

School officials echo those same comments, saying Alma was an extremely well liked girl who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Alma was a student at McNary High School, she had previously attended Whiteaker Middle School in Salem prior to that.

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maria January 31, 2011 6:35 pm (Pacific time)

she was a beautiful girl always put a smile on my face, she was my closest friend r.i.p alma

melissa martinez January 11, 2008 2:06 pm (Pacific time)

She will always be missed. She was a young talented and beautiful child. My heart goes out the whole family. We will always love and miss (PEPA) Alma Garcia-Martinez Love Aunt Melissa

Tim King January 9, 2008 9:32 pm (Pacific time)

Our deepest sympathies go out to this family whose loss our words could surely never explain.

If the Garcia family reads this, we would be honored to help in any we can at, Please let us know if there is a fund that people can be directed to or if we can help in any other way, please email us at:

Our deepest condolences...

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