A 9-year-old girl went to extreme measures to save her father after the two got into a car crash.
The girl, who has not been identified by authorities, reportedly hiked through rough terrain and climbed a cliff in order to get help for her father after he crashed the vehicle they had been driving in. Despite her best efforts, her father died at the scene.
The crash occurred on Sierra Highway in Acton, Calif. at about 1 a.m. Saturday night when Alejandro Renteria, 35, lost control of his SUV and ended up driving it off the edge of a canyon and 200 feet down into a ravine. The girl, miraculously, survived the crash and was able to navigate rough terrain in order to find help.
First, according to the CHP report from Sgt. Tom Lackey, the girl trekked through the ravine to a home approximately 1,000 feet away, but no one came to the door so the girl went back to the vehicle to check on her father.
Then, the 9-year-old climbed the steep cliff back up to the highway and made her way towards a Metrolink station about a mile away from the scene of the crash. Thankfully, a motorist saw the girl right before she reached the station around 2:30 a.m. and called 911.
"She walked quite a distance in a very, very threatening environment. It's very black out here, very dark. It's very steep and it's brushy and there's also coyotes in the background," Lackey said. "So for someone who is raised in a very urban environment as opposed to a rural setting, that can be quite intimidating."
The girl was then flown to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, but seemed to be in good physical condition except for a couple cuts and bruises.
The girl told police her father was having difficulty on the winding road when they were on their way home from a party. Lackey says that they suspect alcohol may have been involved, but have not yet concluded their investigation.