Girl, 9, Treks Miles for Help After Crash
Travels over rough terrain in the dark
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 6:30 AM CDT
A girl walked through the dark to get help for her father.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 9-year-old girl is being hailed as both astute and brave after trekking more than a mile for help after an early-morning car crash in California yesterday. Celia Renteria was riding with her father when their SUV crashed around 1am, landing in a ravine and leaving her father unconscious, reports CBS Los Angeles; police think alcohol may have been involved. Celia climbed out the window and, smelling gas, turned off the engine. She then journeyed through the dark, rural area across a difficult landscape to find help, CNN reports.

The girl saw a home some 1,000 feet away; when she arrived, no one answered the door. She returned to check on her dad before climbing up a 200-foot embankment. From there, she walked to a commuter rail station, where she hailed a passing car. "She walked quite a distance in a very, very threatening environment," a police officer said. "It's very black out here ... It's very steep and it's brushy and there's also coyotes in the background." CBS pegs the distance at nearly two miles. The driver who stopped called police, but when they arrived at the SUV, the girl's 35-year-old father had died. "They were really close. And that hurts me the most," says Celia's sister.

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Lefty_Libby
Mar 25, 2013 10:13 PM CDT
Heartbreaking. My young father left me this very same way when I was seven years old and he was 33. What a brave little girl she is, and I am so sorry for her loss. I am also sad for these two young fathers who threw their lives away on alcohol, and never got to see their daughters grow up.
bubbahotep
Mar 25, 2013 1:54 PM CDT
Sounds like she takes after her mother.
Lickalotapus
Mar 25, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
How do they keep the coyotes "in the background"?