HESPERIA – The lives of a family were changed in an instant when the vehicle carrying a mother and three children went off of the road and into the aqueduct on Thursday evening. The cause is still unknown, but two lives of Hesperia residents were tragically taken and a third remains missing Friday morning. A 10-year-old boy, the sole survivor, was ejected and is now in the hospital recovering from
Christina Eileen Estrada, 31, was driving when her Volkswagen Beetle went off the road and into the aqueduct at around 6:40 p.m. The vehicle was immediately submerged and was difficult for first responders to locate. Christina’s 10-year-old son, Elijah Estrada was ejected and found in the aqueduct hanging on to a floatation buoys. Elijah suffered head injuries and was rushed to Loma Linda University Hospital, where he remains in stable condition. Elijah was immediately able to tell authorities who was in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
A dive team arrived and located the vehicle approximately 200 yards west of 13522 Main Street. Jeremiah Robert Abbott, 3, was located unconscious and rushed to the Desert Valley Hospital Emergency room. Despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at 10:32 p.m. The vehicle was pulled from the aqueduct and Christina Eileen Estrada was located inside and pronounced deceased at the scene. The youngest child, Noah Abbott, 2, was not located after an extensive search. Search efforts were suspended on Thursday night and resumed Friday morning. (UPDATE): Search efforts were again suspended on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. and will resume on Saturday morning.
Keven, the estranged husband of Christina and father of the children is now left to not only suffer the tremendous emotional loss, but now is left with the financial costs of burying those deceased. He also is left to raise the living children and support them through their grief process. Two Go Fund Me Accounts have been set up, one by Kevin’s brother and one by Christina’s cousin. So many questions are yet to be answered, but the one question already answered is the tremendous emotional pain those left behind will be suffering as they cope with this sudden loss. Sheriff’s officials said that at this time there is no evidence to suggest that this incident is anything other than a very tragic accident.
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