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9-year-old hikes to get help after vehicle crash kills her father

March 24, 2013|By Maeve Reston

After her father drove off the road on the Sierra Highway in the middle of the night, a 9-year old girl hiked through difficult terrain near Acton to get help but her father died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The girl was a passenger in a Ford Escape traveling southbound on Sierra Highway near Soledad Canyon Road south of Lancaster in the Antelope Valley. Officials at the California Highway Patrol said the girl’s father, who was 35, lost control of the vehicle, which went over an embankment at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and rolled over multiple times.

The 9-year-old hiked up a steep embankment “in a very dark and threatening environment,” according to CHP officials. She attempted to seek help at a nearby home, but no one answered the door. Ultimately she was able to flag down a motorist.

Officials, who did not release the name of the girl’s father, said alcohol was suspected as a factor in the crash.

The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she was treated for minor injuries. No other details on her condition were available.

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maeve.reston@latimes.com

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