An 11-year-old girl who was injured in a hit-and-run ATV crash that killed her friend has died days later.
Christina ‘Tina’ Bird was riding an all-terrain vehicle with her family friend, Jacob Martinez, 12, when they were hit on Saturday by a side-by-side UTV, which is a utility task vehicle, according to investigators.
The driver of the UTV, which is also an off-road vehicle but generally larger and often used for commercial purposes, sped off and has not been identified or caught.
Jacob was pronounced dead at the scene after the incident around 9pm near the Stoddard Wells vehicle area in Apple Valley, California. Christina was transported to St Mary’s Hospital and then airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Her family on Wednesday disclosed that she died, after holding a vigil for her on Tuesday night.
A GoFundMe page that Christina’s uncle Ernie Nunez created for her mother, Felica Nunez, states that ‘the doctors did their final tests today to see if there is any life in Tina. The results were negative’.
‘Tina has grown her pair of wings to join her Grandma and Grandpa in Heaven where she is pain free,’ he wrote.
Christina’s family hopes that the driver who fled after leaving two children lying on a dirt road comes forward.
‘I ask that 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 on the incident to contact the California Highway Patrol in Victorville, or Crime Stoppers.
‘If ANYONE has any information regarding the person who hit them PLEASE let me know I beg of you, we have only slight evidence, this is so cruel for these innocent young babies who had their whole future ahead and did not deserve this,’ a GoFundMe page for Christina states.
A GoFundMe page for Jacob describes him as ‘the sweetest most warm hearted little boy who’s life was cut way too short’.
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