Candlelight Vigil Held for Christine Martinez

Friends and classmates light candles
in memory of Christine Martinez.

A gathering of family and friends for a candlelight vigil was held last Saturday night to honor the memory of 17-year-old Christine Martinez, a Crescenta Valley High School student who was killed in a rollover single-car crash on Tujunga Canyon Blvd.

According to the CHP, the accident occurred around 10:20 p.m. Thursday night when the Ford Explorer SUV she was riding in lost control, hitting some boulders next to the roadway and rolling over, ejecting Martinez and another passenger.

The vigil was both a solemn and uplifting occasion as fellow students and people who knew her best came together to remember her as a “fun-loving, happy person.”

The driver of the SUV, identified as Summerain Solomon (also of La Crescenta) was driving down Tujunga Canyon Blvd. when she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip through the air, landing on its top. All three victims were taken to local hospitals for evaluation.

Nearly 100 people, which included school staff and friends, filled the small church clubhouse called “The Firehouse” before they solemnly marched up the walkway and lit candles in front of a memorial that contained flowers, a soccer ball and a large photograph of the smiling Christine.

Dr. Linda Gubler Junge, principal of the Crescenta Valley High School, told the gathering crowd that there were clergy and counselors available to help those who wanted to talk with someone.

Valley Traffic Division detectives are looking for additional witnesses to the crash. Anyone with more information is urged to call Detective Dough Larkin at (818) 644-8115 or Detective Bustos at (818) 644-8021. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477

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