A 9-year-old California girl survived a car crash early this morning and scaled a cliff in darkness to get help for her father, who did not survive the wreck.
Authorities said Alejandro Renteria, 35, was driving down the Sierra Highway near Acton, Calif., around 1 a.m., when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, which rolled 200 feet down a canyon and landed at the bottom of a ravine.
His daughter, who was not named in the accident report, climbed out of the vehicle and hiked through difficult terrain in order to get to a nearby home, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol.
When no one answered the door at the home, the girl returned to check on her father before she “hiked up a steep embankment in a very dark and threatening environment” to get help, authorities said.
A passing motorist spotted the child and alerted authorities to the scene, where Renteria was pronounced dead.
Authorities suspect alcohol played a role in the crash and said the girl told them she and her father had been returning home from a party.
The child was taken to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, ABC News station KABC-TV reported, where she was treated for minor bruises and a cut to her cheek and was said to be in good condition.