Medical Examiner's Office Would Not Confirm If Alexander Martin Was Involved In Explosion That Injured Border Patrol Agent
7:59 AM, Mar 19, 2012
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday released the name of a 24-year-old man killed early Thursday on Old Highway 80 near Old Buckman Springs Road, but what caused his death was withheld as the office awaits test results.
Alexander Arthur Martin of Southlake, Texas, was pronounced dead at 12:12 a.m. Thursday, according to the Medical Examiner's office.An autopsy was conducted, but the cause of death was listed as "pending," because further testing and examination into Martin's death was necessary, medical examiner's officials said. The tests could take between 60 and 90 days, a medical examiner's spokeswoman said.The office would not confirm on Sunday if Martin was involved in an explosion just after midnight Thursday on Old Highway 80 near Buckman Springs Road in Pine Valley. The blast killed a motorist and injured a U.S. Border Patrol agent.The explosion followed a vehicle chase that began after a report a vehicle was headed west on the eastbound side of Interstate 8.The agent caught up with the wrong-way vehicle a short time later and followed it onto Old Highway 80, where the car ran over a tire-flattening spike strip and stopped, Border Patrol officials said.The sedan burst into flames as the unidentified agent approached it on foot, killing the driver. The agent was airlifted to a hospital with burns that were not considered life-threatening, authorities said.The San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Bomb-Arson Unit responded to the scene.A department spokeswoman would not confirm to City News Service a link between Martin and the Thursday explosion, instead referring calls to the Border Patrol.A Border Patrol dispatcher said an official comment was not immediately available.