Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Woman's Condition Upgraded.

Byline: Kathryn Holzka For the Journal

TAOS A Taos woman who drove her car into the Rio Grande Gorge on Wednesday night was upgraded to satisfactory condition Friday at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she is being treated for a broken arm and severe frostbite in both feet.

Isis Martinez, 24, survived a plunge of 175 to 200 feet down the west face of the gorge and lay pinned under the car for at least 12 hours in the overnight cold. Tourists spotted the vehicle around 9:30 a.m. Thursday and called police when they heard her yelling for help.

Police still are investigating events leading up to the incident, but State Police Lt. Oscar Gonzalez said Thursday that Martinez "revealed that she had intentionally driven the vehicle over the rim and into the gorge at approximately 9:30 p. …

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