ANTELOPE VALLEY – A 9-year-old girl was able to crawl out of a wrecked SUV and hike through difficult terrain in an attempt to find help for her father, after their vehicle tumbled down a dirt embankment early Sunday morning, authorities said.
Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the single-vehicle collision, which occurred some time before 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Sierra Highway, north of Soledad Canyon road, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Alejandro Renteria, 35, was driving a 2010 Ford Escape southbound on Sierra Highway, at an unknown speed, when the vehicle veered off the roadway and rolled numerous times as it tumbled down a dirt embankment, the CHP report states.
Renteria died at the scene of injuries sustained in the collision, according to the CHP report.
His 9-year-old daughter crawled out of the vehicle and hiked through difficult terrain to a nearby home for help, but no one answered the door, the report states.
The girl hiked up a steep embankment in a very dark and threatening environment to the road, where she was finally successful in flagging down a passing motorist, the report states.
CHP was dispatched to the traffic collision around 2:34 a.m., with the Fire Department responding on Sierra Highway, north of Soledad Canyon road. The girl gave a statement to CHP officers and was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles with minor injuries.
Father and daughter were Los Angeles residents. The incident remains under investigation.