HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com)– The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team have suspended today’s search of the aqueduct till Saturday morning.
The recovery effort has been underway since about 8:00 a.m. Friday to find 2-year-old Noah Abbott who’s been missing since Thursday night’s tragic accident.
According to a press release, the search began just north of the Main Street bridge and moved south. Dive Team members have searched over one mile of the 6-mile aqueduct.
At approximately 2:00 p.m., the search was suspended for the day. The search will continue Saturday morning at about 8:00 a.m., south of the Main Street bridge.
On Friday, at about 6:43 p.m., Christina Eileen Estrada, 31, was driving her red convertible VW Bettle westbound on Main Street along with her three children 2-year-old Noah, 3-year-old Jeremiah, and 10-year-old Elijah Estrada.
For reasons still unknown, as the vehicle approached the California Aqueduct it crashed through metal guard rail fencing and plummeted into the frigid waters.
Elijah was located in the water holding onto floatation buoys that cross from one side of the aqueduct to the other. A couple of good Samaritans assisted in bringing the child to safety. Elijah remains hospitalized but is reported to be in stable condition.
The dive team entered the water and pulled Jeremiah Robert Abbott from the waters. He was later pronounced dead at Desert Valley Hospital. As the vehicle was removed from the water, the body of the children’s mother Christina surfaced. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Divers continued to search for 2-year-old Noah who authorities believe was strapped to a car seat at the time of the crash.
“Divers will suspend search due to water flow safety concerns. Over 1 mile of the 6-mile aqueduct covered. Resume tomorrow,” stated Dive Team Commander Doug Wolfe via Twitter.
Two separate Gofundme accounts have been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.
Those wishing to donate may do so by clicking either of the following links:
–Abbott Family Funeral Expenses
Deputies from the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating the incident. There is nothing to suggest that this is anything other than a very tragic accident.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Hesperia Police Department (760) 947-1500 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
–Mother Killed, 2 Children Injured After Car Crashes Into Hesperia Aqueduct