ACTON, Calif. - The coroner's office Monday released the identity of a 35- year-old suspected drunken driver whose 9-year-old daughter walked a mile for help after he died in a crash on an isolated section of Sierra Highway near Acton.
He was Alejandro Renteria of North Hollywood, coroner's Investigator Kristy McCracken said.
The girl trekked up a rocky hill and down a highway in darkness and in 30-degree weather while suffering minor injuries, CHP officers said. She found help at a Metrolink train station.
The crash on Sierra Highway just north of Soledad Canyon Road was reported to the CHP at 1:55 a.m. Sunday, according to a department statement. The van came to rest several hundred feet off the road, near a stretch of railroad tracks.
The motorist was going south on Sierra Highway in a 2010 Ford Escape when it left the roadway and went down a dirt embankment, rolling over several times, according to the statement.
"The 9-year-old left the scene in an attempt to get aid for the driver. She hiked through difficult terrain to a nearby home, but no one answered,' according to the statement.
"She hiked up a steep embankment in a very dark and threatening environment. She was finally successful in flagging down a passing motorist."
The child was taken to the Acton Metrolink Station and told a security guard she had been involved in an accident, said California Highway Patrol officer Monica Posada.
Her father was found dead in the wreckage, and CHP officers said evidence showed he had been drinking alcohol before the crash. A helicopter was called to transport the girl to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Posada said.