Girl, 14, Dies After Being Trapped In Hot Car With Faulty Locks At School

Fri, September 13, 2013 3:56pm EST by 8 Comments
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How tragic! A young girl died in her brother’s car after she was left in the car while he went to class. The freshman was found by her older siblings after a full day of classes.

14-year-old Graciela Martinez was found dead in her brother’s car on Sept. 11 after being locked in the hot vehicle all day outside of Madera South High School in California. The teen overheated in the car, which had faulty locks and a non-functioning horn.

14-Year-Old Girl Dies In Hot Car At California High School

Graciela’s brother explained that he left her in the car when he went to his first at 6:40 a.m. because her first class was not until 7:40 a.m. Investigators believe that she was sleeping in the car when her brother left. She had no cell phone, water, or food with her in the car.

The heat inside the car rose to upwards of 130 degrees, which investigators believe was the cause of the girl’s death. Medical examiners are still working to determine whether or not she had any other medical conditions that would have caused her death, and an autopsy is underway. She was found covered in sweat in the car by her brother and sister.

Faulty Car To Blame For Teen’s Death

Investigators found that there could be a problem with the car’s locks that would have prevented the girl from opening them from the inside, reported ABC 30. They also found that the car’s horn would not work if there were no keys in the ignition.

The teen’s friends and family described her as “reserved,” and worried that she may have waited for help rather than make big efforts to flag someone down or get out.

“There does not appear to be anything criminal in nature at this stage of the investigation,” Police Detective Sgt. Robert Salas said.

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Posted at 8:59 PM on May 5, 2014  


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Auto locksmith in rochester ny

Posted at 4:11 PM on October 3, 2013  

Car lock is important for safety purpose. If anybody have any trouble about his car’s lock then it will be repaired via locksmith.

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Gone with the wind!

Posted at 11:40 AM on September 18, 2013  

Was there a physical or mental disabilty that kept her from kicking out the window?
It does sound fishy that someone her age would just sit there and die. Because really that is what happened.
If she was mentally and physically healthy, what other reason would she have to not do something drastic to save her life?
Seems very strange.

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Posted at 12:11 PM on September 17, 2013  

I guess I’m the only one who finds this fishy. Why would you stay in a hot car anyways? Okay, maybe she was asleep and her brother didn’t wake her. Well, then she should’ve woken up when her body started to overheat. It’s a natural reaction. She would’ve been able to break a window, scream, signal for help – something. She should have survived this. I mean, I’m “reserved” because I have social anxiety disorder. But I wouldn’t just wait around and let myself die in a hot car. The only explanation I can think of is if she was mentally handicapped (special ed). It doesn’t mention it though.

I just think it’s weird.

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Posted at 9:34 PM on September 14, 2013  

don’t get me wrong, i feel awful about this. BUT i read Hollywood Life for totally inane stuff about superficial stars. Or for stars with dogs. I want to escape reading this site, I get enough depressing news in NYPost.

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Lisa 7

Posted at 4:09 PM on September 14, 2013  


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so sad

Posted at 11:55 PM on September 13, 2013  

Sad way to go but she shouldve made noise tried to kick the windows out there had to be something in the car that could’ve been used to get out its sad to leave here at such a young age rip to her

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corrinia williams

Posted at 4:00 PM on September 13, 2013  

Aww so sad.especially when she couldn’t help herself.but its not the brothers fault(i hope )it was that stupid car.strange how something like that can happen cause of the heat and a cheap car,but i guess things like that do happen.god bless her….keep her in your arms god!!r.I.p <3<3<3

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