A 9-year-old girl who hiked through difficult terrain to get help after the SUV she was traveling in crashed near Acton is recovering from her injuries.
Family members told KTLA-TV Channel 5 News she suffered some cuts but is walking around her hospital room and smiling.
In a video from her hospital room. The girl described climbing out of the SUV to get help.
"She was very courageous, being able to walk through the dark, through bushes and very rough terrain to get help for her dad," California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez told the Associated Press. "Had she just waited there, we probably would not have found her until the next day."
Alejandro Renteria, 35, of North Hollywood was driving south on Sierra Highway near Soledad Canyon Road when he lost control of his Ford Escape, coroner's and California Highway Patrol officials said. He later died.
The vehicle tumbled down an embankment, rolling "numerous times," the CHP said.
The girl managed to climb out of the SUV and make her way to a nearby home, but no one answered the door, the CHP said. The girl then went back to check on her father, who was still unconscious, CHP Sgt. Tom Lackey told KABC-TV Channel 7.