FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 18HF1669

Date: December 11, 2018

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF TWO PASSENGERS IN SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH WHILE INTOXICATED IN IRVINE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged yesterday with the murder of two passengers in a single-vehicle crash while intoxicated in Irvine.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Norman David Martin, 23, Irvine

Charged on Dec. 11, 2018, with the following felony counts:

  • (2) Murder

30 years to life in state prison

Arraignment

Dec. 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Department CJ-1, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On July 22, 2017, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Martin is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol with two passengers in a two-seat Corvette.
  • The defendant is accused of driving at 138 miles per hour and hitting the crown of the intersection while running a red light at Jamboree and Main Street in Irvine.
  • The vehicle went airborne and the driver subsequently lost control and struck multiple objects, including three palm trees. The defendant and both passengers were ejected from the vehicle as a result of the collision.
  • 26-year-old victims Jamie Lopez and Nancy Ortiz were pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Martin was transported to a local hospital and is accused of having a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent hours after the collision.
  • Irvine Police Department (IPD) investigated this case and arrested the defendant today, Dec. 11, 2018.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Dan Feldman, Homicide Unit

 



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