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UPDATE: Acton rollover crash victim released from hospital

Posted: March 26, 2013 1:46 p.m.
Updated: March 26, 2013 1:46 p.m.

Alejandro Renteria

 

A 9-year-old girl who survived a rollover crash in Acton that killed her father is out of the hospital and has described on video how she hiked more than a mile to find help for her father.

Celia Renteria spoke from a hospital bed about how she hiked to a nearby house after crawling out of the mangled SUV at the bottom of a rugged canyon.

“I climbed out the window, and I went to look at the farmer’s house to see if someone was there,” she said in footage shot by the family and broadcast on KABC-TV.

No one answered the door.

With temperatures dipping into the 40s, she hiked in darkness up the rocky embankment and along the remote highway to a commuter rail station where she flagged down a passing motorist early Sunday.

“I climbed on top of the other mountain, and then I was waving my hands,” Celia said in the video.

When officers responded, they found Celia’s father, Alejandro Renteria, 35, dead. He was pinned in the driver’s seat.
The child, who lives in North Hollywood, was discharged from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Monday night, spokeswoman Lyndsay Hutchison said.

The girl’s caregiver, Consuelo Amador, told KCBS-TV the child didn’t panic and turned off the car’s engine after she smelled gasoline.

A coroner’s spokesman said Alejandro Renteria was a resident of the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles. No one answered Monday at two addresses in the area listed in his name.

The CHP was investigating whether alcohol played a role in the crash. Toxicology tests are pending from the coroner.

 

 

 

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