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5-year-old girl in Hesperia crash dies from her injuries

HESPERIA, Calif. ( Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 5-year-old girl who died Saturday night as a result of a crash that happened two days prior.

Vera Simental was airlifted to Loma Linda University Children’s Medical Center following a crash on October 5, 2017, at the intersection of Escondido Avenue and Hollister Street in Hesperia.

The crash happened when Vera’s mom, Vanessa Berrueco, was attempting to make a left hand turn from Hollister onto Escondido and was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Escondido.

Vanessa’s gray Scion TC, wich was occupied by Vera and her 2-year-old brother Joseph who were properly restrained in the backseat, was struck on the driver side door by a white Ford Fusion.

Hesperia Sheriff’s Station Deputy D. White was one of the first on scene and he immediately performed CPR on Vera until first responders took over.

Vera sustained the most critical injuries and was placed on life-support but despite life-saving measures little Vera died Saturday night surrounded by family and friends.

Vanessa remains hospitalized and will be undergoing surgery today. Her 2-year-old son did not sustain any injuries in the accident.

The driver of the Ford was not injured and police do not suspect drugs or alcohol to be a factor in the collision.

Yesenia Rodriguez launched a Gofundme account to help her best friend Vanessa with all the expenses.

“Vanessa is left with a horrible void that nothing and no one can fill, but it’s not over for Vanessa, physically she still needs extensive surgery to repair her broken pelvis, hip, and leg,” stated Yesenia in the Gofundme account.

The crash has sparked outrage from local residents who live in the area and are demanding a 4-way stop or a traffic signal be installed by the City of Hesperia.

“How many accidents have to happen at that intersection and how many deaths have to occur before they put a light there or a 4 way stop? There are already 2 memorials set up right there. My son witnessed a young man die in an accident right next to that same spot. That spot needs to be fixed. This poor family,” commented Christina Brown who lived in the area for many years.

Those wishing to help Vanessa and little Joseph are encouraged to donate via the approved Gofundme account: Vanessas Recovery

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