An 18-year-old was fatally struck by a car in Apple Valley, California, after attempting to rescue an injured kitten that was in the middle of the road.
Emily Sanchez was riding in the passenger seat of a car that accidentally hit a kitten in the middle of the road on Feb. 26, reports KTLA. Sanchez reportedly got out of the car to help the kitten, when she herself was struck by oncoming traffic.
“The victim, concerned for the cat, had the driver turn around so she could check on it,” the Apple Valley Police Department said in a released statement.
Police say Sanchez was hit by another car as she picked up the injured kitten.
Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department began CPR on Sanchez when they arrived at the scene. Police say she had severe head trauma, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital.
Sanchez’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover burial costs. A day after the campaign was launched, people had donated more than $2,000 of the $3,000 goal.
A statement on the crowdfunding page tells the story:
My name is Jen Woods and I am Emily's Big Sister. On Saturday Feb 26, 17 Emily was attempting to help a cat that was hit in the roadway. While doing this she herself was struck by a car and did not survive her injuries. If you knew Em you knew that animals were her passion and love in life. Above is a picture of her and her precious baby Checkers that she would have done anything for. Emily was 18 years young and due to this our family was in no way prepaired for a situation like this emotionally or financially. We are a family that does it on our own and don't ever want to be the ones asking for help but we have all found ourselves in a situation where we have little choice. Instead of sending flowers we as her family are asking to make a donation here that can help with her final expenses and give her an amazing memorial that she 100% deserves. If you aren't able to donate we understand and ask only for your continued prayers for our sweet angel Em. Thank you so much for all the love everyone has already shown our family. We will be eternally grateful.
The crash that killed Sanchez remains under investigation. The drivers of both cars stayed on the scene and were cooperating with police.