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Woman killed and infant critically injured after collision with tree in single-vehicle crash

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Posted at 12:17 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 13:17:25-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman has been killed and an infant is being treated for critical injuries at Vanderbilt after the woman crashed her truck into a tree in South Nashville Wednesday evening.

The woman - identified as 18-year-old Johanna Martin-Mateo - is believed to have been the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck that had four other passengers when it ran off Dove Creek Road at the intersection of Dove Creek Court, striking a tree. Martin-Mateo, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Two of the passengers on the truck were infants, a 4-month-old girl and a 10-month-old boy, who is Martin-Mateo's son. The girl has life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Vanderbilt at the time of this writing.

The children were in child seats, but Nashville police say it did not look like the seats were secured in the truck or that the children were properly secured in the seats.

The other two passengers were 30-year-old Yolmi Funes and 34-year-old Elda Merida. The 4-month-old girl is Merida's daughter.

Police say there was no indication of alcohol or drug involvement in the crash.