Josie Santiago, 43, a secretary in the office of Puerto Rico's resident commissioner here, died Jan. 4 in a car accident on the toll road between San Juan and Ponce in Puerto Rico.

According to a spokesman in Commissioner Baltasar Corrada's office, Mrs. Santiago was one of eight persons killed when a truck ran into the rear of a cab and a second car parked at a toll booth.

Mrs. Santiago was a passenger in the cab. A passenger in the truck was the only person in the three vehicles to survive the accident, according to the spokesman.

Mrs. Santiago had been in Puerto Rico visiting relatives over the holidays.

She had joined the commissioner's office about six months ago, and was working as a secretary.

Before that, she had worked as an administrative secretary in the State Office of Puerto Rico in Washington for about six years.

Mrs. Santiago was a native of San Juan and a graduate of the University of San Juan.

She is survived by a daughter, Soraya Martino-Santiago, and a son, Carlos Martino-Santiago, both of the home in Alexandria, and her mother, Consuelo Torres Santiago, a sister, Anna Maria Santiago-Llompart, and a brother, Pedro Santiago, all of San Juan.