ADELANTO – A 9-year-old Adelanto Elementary School student remains hospitalized after a fatal crash on the night of Friday, April 28, 2017, left her the sole survivor in the Toyota Corolla, taking the life of her mother, sister, and two brothers.
The family was involved in a head-on traffic collision at around 8:11 p.m. on Air Expressway near Phantom West. Three vehicles were involved including a Ford Explorer, a blue Toyota Corolla, and a silver Honda sedan.
The investigation revealed that the Honda was traveling westbound when it was sideswiped by the also westbound traveling Toyota. The Toyota then lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic crashing head-on into the Ford. The driver of the Ford, which was overturned, suffered minor injuries, the driver of the Honda suffered no reported injuries.
When emergency responders arrived they found the Toyota off the southwest corner of the road and determined that the female adult driver and a toddler boy were both not breathing. Despite lifesaving efforts, the driver/mother identified as Mercedes Breda, the 2-year-old child identified as Pryson Breda, and 11-year-old Missiya Breda all died at the scene.
Omar Breda, 6, was rushed to Victor Valley Global Medical Center where he also died as a result of his injuries at 9:00 p.m. Niemah Breda, 9, was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for the treatment of serious injuries. Niemah has remained at the hospital and through many challenges she has impressed family, friends, and medical personnel with her resilience.
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, a family member shared that tubes have been removed from her body, she is breathing on her own, bandages are being removed, and she is moving her arms. Niemah still is in a lot of pain and has a fracture in her spine as well as injuries that are still healing elsewhere on her tiny body.
As if Niemah had not already gone through far more than any small child should, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, the day before Mother’s Day, her family was forced to tell her about the death of her mother and three siblings. Niemah has been through multiple surgeries and is only now beginning to talk and eat pureed food, but the loss of her family has understandably changed her. She is expected to remain hospitalized for several more months with several surgeries in her future.
Friends of the family are asking for the community to send Niemah cards and letters during her recovery to brighten her many upcoming days hospitalized while dealing with the loss of her mother and siblings. They are sharing using hashtag, #WriteNiemah. Cards and letter can be sent to Niemah Breda ℅ Loma Linda University Hospital 11234 Anderson Street 5700 floor, Loma Linda, California 92354.
The Go Fund Me account remains which the family said will be redirected to help Niemah as she grows older. Cadillac Ranch Saloon, located at 22581 US Highway 18 in the Town of Apple Valley will be having a car wash on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They are asking for raffle prizes and volunteers to help raise funds for Niemah and her family. Call Allison Moye at (760) 247-7060 if you would like to contribute prizes or volunteer.
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