LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — “She’s smiling, she’s walking.”
Amber Mejia says her little sister’s condition is improving a just day after little Ceilia Renteria described from her hospital bed her harrowing ordeal.
“I climbed out the window to a farmers house to see if someone was there,” Ceilia says.
Bruised and banged up, the 9-year-old explained how she crawled out of her crumpled car and walked more a mile in the dark through rugged terrain to save her injured father.
“I climbed the top of a mountain and I was waving my hands,” she explained.
Celia and her dad were driving along the Sierra Highway in Acton around 1 a.m. Sunday morning when their car veered off the steep embankment and tumbled 200 feet down a ravine.
Celia braved the cold and dark of night and walked until flagged down a driver for help.
“And I was waving my hands and some girl found me,” according to Ceilia. And she called 911.
“She knows he not there for her no more but she really loves him,” Celia’s grandmother said, choking back tears.
Alejandro died in the crash just as family says he was building a new life for himself and his daughter.
“Got his life all turned around former gang member former addict single father,” says brother, Nelson Ramirez.
Alejandro had also survived cancer and, his mother told KTLA, he had recently gained custody of his daughter and was determined to give her a good life.
“She might see a smiling face but inside I think she is broken hearted.”
As she continues to recover at Children’s Hospital,Celia’s family says they will be by the side of this brave little girl every step of the way.
The CHP is still looking into how the accident happened and whether alcohol played a role.
— Sara Welch, KTLA News