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Woman killed while protecting child during crash identified

Child expected to be OK

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SAN ANTONIO – A woman killed in a rollover crash Monday on San Antonio's Northeast Side that sent a child to the hospital has been identified by authorities.

San Antonio police said Brenda Martinez, 26, was the woman killed in the crash. 

The crash happened near the intersection of NE Loop 410 and the Interstate 35 South exit.

Police said Martinez was driving when she lost control, over-corrected and crashed into a traffic pole.

The 18-month-old boy was found underneath Martinez, leaving police to believe she was trying to protect the child, the officer at the scene said.

Gustavo Lopez stopped after seeing the wreckage and helped pull the child to safety.

"The baby was crying, but she was alive. Thanks to God,” he said. “What I did was just pulled her out of the car seat and bring her out to safety, because the car was smoking out and I was like maybe the car will catch on flames."

The toddler, who was taken to the hospital, is expected to be OK.

We spoke with the good Samaritan who pulled a baby girl out of a wrecked car on NE Loop 410 this afternoon. Unfortunately, police say the child's mother died. #KSATnews

Posted by Pilar Arias on Monday, April 10, 2017

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