An 11-year-old girl injured in a hit-and-run ATV accident that killed her friend has died days later.
Christina ‘Tina’ Bird was driving in an SUV with her family friend, 12-year-old Jacob Martinez, when they were hit by a side-by-side UTV, a utility vehicle, on Saturday, according to investigators.
The driver of the UTV, also an SUV but generally larger and often used for commercial purposes, sped away and was not identified or caught.
Jacob was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident around 9 p.m. near the vehicle area of Stoddard Wells in Apple Valley, California. Christina was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital and then flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Her family announced Wednesday that she had died after holding a vigil for her Tuesday night.
A GoFundMe page created by Christina’s uncle, Ernie Nunez, for her mother, Felica Nunez, reads: “Doctors ran their final tests today to see if there was life in Tina. The results were negative.’
“Tina grew her wings to join her grandma and grandpa in heaven where she is pain free,” he wrote.
Christina’s family is hoping the driver, who fled after abandoning two children on a dirt road, will come forward.
“I’m asking if you were there with that person or know of that person who was there… saw what happened… please be compassionate and come forward,” said Jacob’s sister, Cynthia Nunez. “Don’t hide them.”
The families of both victims are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the California Highway Patrol in Victorville or Crime Stoppers.
“If ANYONE has any information on the person who hit them PLEASE let me know I beg you we only have marginal evidence this is so cruel for these innocent little babies who had their whole future ahead of them and this didn’t deserve,” a GoFundMe page for Christina States.
A GoFundMe page for Jacob describes him as “the sweetest, warmest little boy whose life was cut way too short.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/07/california-girl-11-dies-after-hit-and-run-atv-crash-that-killed-boy-16956759/ California: Girl, 11, dies after hit-and-run accident that killed boy