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Arrest made in Santa Ana freeway body case

Martha Rodezno is seen in this undated file photo.

January 31, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Police have arrested a Hawthorne man in connection to the death of a woman whose body was found on the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana in December.

The body of Martha Rodezno, 51,was discovered on the northbound 5 transition ramp to the westbound 22 Freeway around 2:44 a.m. on Dec. 8.

Witnesses said they saw Rodezno being ejected from the passenger side of a petroleum tank truck and that the driver kept going.

Detectives said they later obtained evidence showing that Rodezno got into a tank truck driven by 33-year-old Jaqwun Laerin Turner.

Turner was interviewed by homicide detectives. He was arrested at his home on Wednesday and booked for hit-and-run with permanent injury or death.