Crash vic­tim ‘was very, very loved’

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Ian Dun­can idun­can@balt­ twit­­can

When Sharon Green moved to Bal­ti­more, her sis­ter Pat­tie Lynn Martinez was happy to take her in, Green re­called.

But when Martinez fell on hard times and be­came home­less, she wouldn’t let her fam­ily re­turn the fa­vor — she loved Bal­ti­more too much.

“She never wanted to leave Bal­ti­more, as much as we tried,” Green said.

Martinez, 46, was among the five peo­ple on a Mary­land Tran­sit Ad­min­is­tra­tion bus who were killed Tues­day morn­ing when a school bus plowed into it on Frederick Av­enue in South­west Bal­ti­more. The school bus driver also was killed.

Po­lice put out a bul­letin Fri­day say­ing they had been un­able to find Martinez’s fam­ily and asked for the pub­lic’s help in reach­ing them. Green said by phone from Ten­nessee that po­lice made for­mal contact Fri­day af­ter­noon with the fam­ily.

“She was very, very loved by her fam­ily,” Green said. “It’s just hor­ri­ble. Hor­ri­ble.”

Martinez had ties to the His­panic com­mu­nity in Bal­ti­more, her sis­ter said, and was mar­ried to a man named San­tos Martinez. But he had been de­ported to El Sal­vador, Green said, and the fam­ily had lost contact with him. Martinez tried un­suc­cess­fully to get a di­vorce in 2012, on­line court records show.

Green de­scribed her sis­ter as free-spir­ited, happy-go-lucky and in­de­pen­dent. Martinez had a sig­na­ture style, Green said, and of­ten wore black sweaters over dresses, mak­ing her easy to spot walk­ing down the street.

Martinez had worked in con­struc­tion for Whit­ing-Turner Con­trac­tors and was hop­ing to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion to find a new ca­reer, Green said.

When she was younger, Martinez fell off a cliff and suf­fered a hip in­jury that never prop­erly healed and which, Green said, got worse as she got older. A re­cent post on Martinez’s Face­book page com­plained of health prob­lems and other posts de­scribed the cur­rent dif­fi­cul­ties she was fac­ing.

“I have a bro­ken hip and try­ing my best to get around,” one post read. “You can ap­proach me and talk to me. I’m not a bad per­son just be­cause I’m go­ing through dif­fi­cult times!!!” Pat­tie Lynn Martinez had worked for a con­struc­tion firm and wanted to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion, her sis­ter said.


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