Mother of girl injured in big rig crash says daughter may never walk again

Posted at 7:53 AM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 20:52:49-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - A young girl severely injured in an East County freeway wreck that left two people dead may never walk again, according to her mother.

At around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol said a Freightliner big rig was traveling on a ramp from westbound Interstate 8 to southbound state Route 125 when – for unknown reasons – the driver swerved, causing the vehicle to hit a guardrail and crash through a concrete wall that separated eastbound I-8 from northbound SR-125.

The big rig struck a Chevrolet Aveo, and then a Kia Sorrento, on northbound SR-125, the CHP said.

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The Aveo's two occupants died, and the CHP said the big rig's driver and her passenger were hospitalized with moderate injuries.

Authorities identified the Aveo's driver as 57-year-old Nancy Jeanette Bauerlein of Ramona. Her daughter, Jenn Thompson-Campbell, 29, was also killed in the crash.

Aneta Andarus said Wednesday night she was in the Kia with her mother and two daughters when the crash occurred. She said her six-year-old daughter Kristina suffered serious spinal injuries and is being treated at Rady Children's Hospital.

Andarus' mother suffered a broken right leg in the crash, but her other daughter is OK.

In an emotional video posted on her Facebook page Thursday morning, Andarus expressed her concern and grief over the well-being of her daughter.

Andarus, who runs a beauty salon in Clairemont, said she went on Facebook Live because she could not answer phone calls or respond to anyone who was looking to get in touch with her.

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She updated her daughter's condition, saying Kristina's left arm does not move at all and she has lost all feeling in it. Kristina's right arm is barely moving but her right hand and right leg are both moving, her mother said. She also said that the girl is looking at her wanting to speak to her but can't. 

Andarus said one of Kristina's knees is destroyed, and her nose and face are badly hurt. She did not offer any other information about her daughter's injuries, but noted that a doctor has hopes Kristina will be OK.

Andarus asked for prayers for her daughter's recovery.

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The CHP is investigating the cause of the crash, and they have not determined if the big rig's driver, identified as a 34-year-old woman, was impaired in any way.

CHP officials believe the injured girl "did not appear to be properly restrained in a booster seat" in the back seat of the Kia.

According to CHP officials the ramp from northbound SR-125 to eastbound I-8 will be closed for an investigation and repair.