Fatal New Bedford Weekend Crash Under Investigation

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney​

March 29, 2021​
New Bedford Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal one-car crash, which occurred in the City of New Bedford early Sunday morning. 
New Bedford Police responded to 911 calls at 2 a.m. regarding a motor vehicle crash on Route 18, near the intersection with Walnut Street.
When first responders arrived on scene, they found a 2009 Honda Civic in the southbound lanes of travel with significant passenger side damage.  
The driver of the vehicle, a 21-year-old Dartmouth woman sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition.
The front seat passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Tierrah Martinez, 20, of Fall River was declared deceased at the scene of the crash.
A preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling north when the vehicle veered off the roadway, mounted the media and struck a cobblestone planter.
The investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing at this time.
Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications