Driver charged in wrong-way crash that killed woman

A 24-year-old Campbell woman has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and other felonies for a wrong-way crash that killed a woman and injured her son on Interstate 280 in Woodside.

Constellatia Martin is accused of causing the April 22 crash on southbound 280 near Woodside.

The coroner has identified the woman who died as Eden Palmer, 54, of San Francisco.

Prosecutors said Martin was driving a Ford Fusion north in the southbound lanes when she crashed head-on with a BMW carrying Palmer and her 16-year-old son.

Martin then allegedly ran from the collision and authorities found her naked and lying down in a grassy area 150 yards away, the CHP said.

She screamed bizarre statements, had red and watery eyes and rapid speech, and refused to take any sobriety tests before she was taken into custody, according to the CHP.

A blood sample taken later is pending results, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Martin made her initial appearance in court Thursday but did not enter a plea. The case was continued to May 11 and she remains in custody on no-bail status, prosecutors said. Her defense attorney was not immediately available to comment on the case.

A GoFundMe account created for the family of Palmer in the wake of the fatal crash had raised more than $149,000 as of Sunday (April 30).

The account at <a href=></a> said Palmer was driving her teenage son to a soccer match and that the family dog also died in the crash.

“Eden was a beloved wife, mother, friend, community volunteer and force for anyone who ever needed anything. It’s time for us to honor Eden and rally around her family as they need our support,” the GoFundMe page says.

Her 16-year-old son “suffered massive internal injuries and while making a miraculous recovery, he will have a lifetime of care needs,” the GoFundMe page says. — Bay City News


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