9 Year Old Shows Bravery To Try and Save Father
This is just an amazing story of courage and resourcefulness from a 9 year old girl.
Celia Renteria was in the car with her father late Sunday night. This happened in Los Angeles where they have some pretty hilly terrain and treacherous curved roads and investigators say it looked like the car missed one of the curves and just careened off the road. The vehicle landed 200 feet down a ravine in a Canyon area where it rolled several times before it came to rest at the bottom.
It was dark, cold, and it was 1:30 in the morning... As 9 year old Celia managed to climb out of the wreckage, and realized, "I gotta save my father!"
She was facing that 220 foot climb on some very rugged terrain and she had no idea where she was!
BUT SHE MADE IT! Celia got out and traveled about a mile to a nearby home.
When no one answered, so she went back to the crash site to check on her father.
Then Celia headed down the ravine to a Metrolink station and summoned help from a passerby who alerted authorities.
It was nearly an hour later that the California Highway Patrol responded to the crash site.
Celia showed a remarkable commitment to her father and to try to get him aid under very challenging circumstances. It's very cold out here. It's also very barren. Local authorities said they could hear coyotes out howling. So it's kind of a creepy environment for a young girl to show and demonstrate such courage and commitment to her father. Now the sad news is that her father passed away... but Celia was airlifted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Celia remained calm and stayed brave, even when she smelled gasoline, the little girl calmly turned off the engine.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.