Girl, 9, Describes Hiking in Dark to Get Help for Dying Father
ACTON, Calif. (KTLA) — A nine-year-old girl hiked across treacherous terrain to get help for her dying father after a crash in the Antelope Valley.
Alejandro Renteria was on his way home with his daughter around 1 a.m. Sunday when their car veered off Sierra Highway in Acton.
The vehicle tumbled 200 feet down into a ravine and rolled over several times before coming to a rest.
Renteria’s daughter managed to crawl out of the window of the wrecked Ford Escape. She smelled gasoline and turned off the engine.
She then started walking in pitch black darkness through rough terrain — with coyotes lurking nearby.
The girl noticed a light about 1,000 feet away and walked over to the home, but no one answered the door, police said.
The girl walked back to the SUV to check on her father, and then hiked 200 feet up the embankment to the highway.
She walked for about a mile to a Metrolink station, where she flagged down a passing motorist, who called for help.
But by the time authorities reached the SUV, the father had died of his injuries.
The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She suffered minor bruises, and will remain under observation until Tuesday.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The pair was on their way home from a family gathering at the time.
The girl told police that her father failed to navigate a steep curve in the road.
CHP officers said evidence showed he had been drinking alcohol before the crash.