Girl, 9, hikes to find help after father dies in car crash

By Daniel S Levine,

A 9-year-old girl is being praised for hiking a mile in search of help after a car crash near Acton, California killed her father.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the accident took place on the Sierra Highway at 1:30 a.m. The car went off the highway after the father missed a curve. The car went down 200 feet to a ravine.

The girl, who was identified as Celia Renteria, managed to climb out of the wreckage. She navigated the rough terrain of the area, walked a mile in the dark and found a home in the area. Renteria knocked on the door, but no one answered. She walked back down to the ravine to see her father and continued to a Metrolink station, where she called police. The California Highway Patrol made it to the site of the accident an hour after the crash.

The Los Angeles Times reports that her father was identified as Alejandro Renteria, 35, of North Hollywood. CHP believe alcohol may have been a factor, but note that the investigation is still ongoing.

“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,” CHP Sgt. Tom Lackey told KABC. “So for someone who is raised in a very urban environment, as opposed to a rural setting, that can be quite intimidating.”

Renteria was taken to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles to be treated for minor injuries.

Here's CBS LA's report:



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