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Araceli Martinez-Zamora


A Fort Walton Beach woman faces felony child neglect charges after she gave a 14-year old permission to drive a car.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the teen driving nearly twice the legal speed limit in the area of Green Street and Clifford Street on October 12th around 2:10 p.m. and made a traffic stop.

The driver promptly told him she is 14 years old and has no driver’s license.

She said she got permission from 31-year old Araceli Martinez Zamora to drive to a local laundry mat. The girl also then drove to a restaurant on Beal Parkway to get food.

Two children, ages 8 and 10, were passengers in the car.

The deputy says the teen was clocked driving nearly 40 miles an hour in a 20 mile per hour zone.

Martinez-Zamora is charged with three counts of child neglect as well as permitting an unlicensed minor to drive.


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