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Napa County Coroner IDs Saturday fatality on Hardman Avenue

Napa County Coroner IDs Saturday fatality on Hardman Avenue


The Napa County Coroner's Office Monday identified the motorist who died early Saturday morning in a crash in north Napa as Franklin Daniel Martinez of Napa.

The Honda Civic that Martinez was driving crashed into a large tree on Hardman just east of Silverado Trail just beore 1:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported. 

Martinez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said.

The incident remains under investigation. An autopsy is pending, said Napa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Henry Wofford. 

The original post had the driver's incorrect middle name.

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Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.

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