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Girl, 11, is brain dead after hit-and-run ATV crash in Apple Valley desert that killed childhood family friend


A heartbroken family say their final goodbyes to an 11-year-old girl, who was declared brain dead on Wednesday following injuries she suffered in a hit-and-run ATV crash that also killed a 12-year-old boy who was a close friend of the family.

Girl, 11, is brain dead after hit-and-run ATV crash in Apple Valley desert that killed childhood family friend

According to family social media posts, Christina Bird died just before 9 a.m. Wednesday after the Saturday night accident. However, CBSLA’s Michele Gile reports the girl was declared brain dead and remains on life support Wednesday at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. The family plans to remove her from life support within the next 48 hours.

In an Instagram post, the kids were described as kids who always shared family events together, even though they weren’t siblings.

“This tragedy in their lives hurts them so much that they share this day together,” the cynical user wrote. “My brother who was only 12 and my sister whose 11 year old did NOT deserve to be treated because their lives didn’t matter.”

In a detailed article describing the suspect vehicle, witnesses said the driver who hit the children did not stop after the accident, but was aware of it as they turned off their headlights and quickly left the scene. Another witness told authorities that they saw “strange” off-roaders in a damaged yellow Can-Am UTV come to their campsite and heard them say they “have to get out of here.”

The message also describes the serious injuries suffered by the children in the accident. Jacob’s helmet was blown off in the crash and he died at the scene. Christina was described as having suffered two broken arms, two broken legs, and injuries to her pelvis and spinal cord.

“Our family is devastated. The kids and our families loved the desert,” the post said. “This was our annual and once-in-a-lifetime trip to spend time together and enjoy our families who all live in different cities,” the post said.

The suspect ATV was described as an orange Polaris RZR with a missing front cover and damage to the bottom of the vehicle.




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