According to a news release from the Canton Police Department, officers were called to Martin’s Ohio residence around 7:30 p.m. Thursday (August 7, 2014) after receiving a call in reference to a suicidal person. At the same time, a family member had gone to the nearby Canton Fire Station to report that a child was found inside the home dead.
Police were trying to find the child’s mother when they received a tip from the Summit County Sheriff’s deputies that she was dead.
Martin reportedly “committed suicide by walking in front of a moving vehicle on I-77 at Milepost 115,” according to a release issued by Summit County Sheriff’s deputies. Martin was struck when she stepped in front of a semi-trailer and pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed that she suffered from blunt force trauma to the head and torso. The medical examiner has not ruled whether Martin’s death was accidental or self-inflicted.
As for the toddler, investigators still do not know exactly when he died or where it happened. Preliminary autopsy findings showed that the child did not die of any trauma and X-rays showed there had been no recent or past abuse and the child did not die of an infection.
Detectives do know that earlier that day, Martin and Gonzalez were involved in a car crash. Based on a crash report, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Martin was driving a black Nissan Maxima when she lost control of the car. She told police that her wheel started to shake when she tried to turn into a gas station and that she couldn’t stop the car. The report also says that the car allegedly went over a curb and struck a fire hydrant before hitting shrubs and landscaping rocks and traveling across the parking lot. She was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.
The relevance of the crash to their deaths are unclear as authorities continue to investigate.
Source: Canton Rep