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Police: Student trapped inside car

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Investigations continue into tragic death

A one-in-a-100 chance combined with a potential design flaw killed 14-year-old Madera South freshman Graciela Martinez this week, police said, as she sat inside a car where, with the temperature rising, a suspected anti-theft feature kept the doors locked and the horn silent.

Based on “everything we’re getting at this point, it looks like it was a designed feature for the car that trapped her inside,” said Daniel Foss, Madera Police Department detective and lead investigator in the case.

Preliminary autopsy results released Friday indicated Martinez died from the effects of environmental hypothermia, more commonly known as heat stroke.

Martinez’s family has been devastated by the loss of their daughter, Foss said, and donations for funeral or other expenses can be made using the Wells Fargo bank account number 9343817004 either in person at any Wells Fargo branch or online at www.wells


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