Jaqwun Laerin Turner Allegedly Pushed Martha Rodenzo to Her Death Out of His Tanker Truck

Categories: 2013 Homicides

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The driver of a petroleum truck has been arrested for the death of Martha Rodezno, whose body was found along the 5 freeway in Santa Ana hours after she left a family gathering in Mission Viejo in a huff in December.

Santa Ana homicide detectives arrested 33-year-old Jaqwun Laerin Turner at his Hawthorne residence Wednesday on suspicion of hit and run with permanent injury or death.

Martha Rodenzo Death Mystery: From LA, Seen Alive in Mission Viejo, Found Dead in Santa Ana

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Martha Rodenzo, R.I.P.
The body of Rodenzo, 51, of Los Angeles, was discovered by a motorist on the 5's northbound transition ramp to the westbound 22 freeway around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. She'd apparently walked out angry from a family gathering in Mission Viejo around midnight and was last seen on foot in the area of Avery Parkway and the 5.

"We don't know if she was in a vehicle and jumped out of the vehicle. We don't know if she was thrown out of the vehicle," Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna said at the time of the mother of three children.

Detectives obtained evidence that showed Rodenzo getting into a tanker truck driven by Turner in the area of Avery and the 5, according to a new Santa Ana Police statement, which adds a witness saw the same truck heading north on the 22 freeway around 2:43 a.m., when someone was ejected from the passenger side. The tanker then continued on the northbound 5 without stopping.

Turner was booked into the city jail.

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