Hamburg man struggling after wife’s death

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Investigators are now saying that it is likely that Jennifer Martello died as the result of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. Martello was found unconscious on the side of Big Tree Road earlier this week.

This new development comes after the Medical Examiner’s office along with members of the Town of Hamburg Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit and Detective Bureau further examined the case, Thursday. Police are saying her husband is not a suspect in the case.

Hamburg Police aren’t investigating Sam Martello in his wife’s death, but after other reports pointed the finger at him he felt he needed to clear the air and explain more about what happened that night.

“I’m a little numb, I’m in denial because she’s 29 and we have a baby and I don’t know where to go from here,” said Sam Martello.

He’s had very little sleep and is trying to cope with what life will now be like. “She just had a beautiful soul, she was my heartbeat, and she was my everything.”

Martello said Jenny loved him for his unique personality. They enjoyed talking and dancing. Their daughter Amelia the center of their lives. “My wife used to say to Amelia love, love, love.” Three loves to represent the love between the three of them. “Amelia’s first words were love, love, love.”

But even the strongest of love wasn’t enough fight a secret addiction Sam says Jenny was hiding from loved ones. “She wasn’t an everyday drinker, she was a binge drinker. She drank once or twice a week, but when she drank she could be very aggressive,” said Martello.

He said Jenny was full of guilt and ashamed, so he kept quiet to try to protect her. He says he even called police to intervene. “I had to call police at times because she could have been a danger to herself, me, and/or the baby.”

On the night Jenny was found lying on the side of the road Martello said he tried to get his wife to stay home. He said after she was turned down for a job she was determined to go the bar.

He recorded their conversation before she left so he could play it back for her when she was sober. Martello said he was planning an intervention. News 4 listened to the conversation, but are not airing it out of respect for Jennifer. In it Martello calmly tries to convince her to stay home, but she refuses to listen.

Less than an hour later, Sam heard the devastating news. “I never judged her, I just wanted to help her. I felt like she could get help and she could get better.” Sam says Jennifer’s autopsy was performed Thursday morning. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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