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Girl, 9, hikes out of canyon after crash

LOS ANGELES — Law enforcement officials praised the bravery and tenacity of a 9-year-old girl who crawled out of a mangled SUV at the bottom of a remote Southern California canyon and hiked nearly 2 miles to find help for her father, who was pinned in the driver’s seat after a rollover crash.

Celia Renteria was sure her father was still alive when she climbed up the rocky embankment early Sunday, as temperatures dipped into the 40s, said California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez. When officers responded more than an hour and a half later, they found that Alejandro Renteria, 35, was dead.

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‘‘She was very courageous, being able to walk through the dark, through bushes and very rough terrain to get help for her dad,’’ Hernandez said. ‘‘Had she just waited there, we probably would not have found her until the next day.’’

The 2010 Ford Escape plunged about 200 feet down into the canyon along an isolated stretch of the Sierra Highway in the high desert of northern Los Angeles County at about 1 a.m. Sunday, the CHP said. The vehicle overturned several times.

Celia managed to extricate herself and walk through rugged terrain to a nearby home, but nobody answered the door, the CHP said. Then she hiked up the embankment and along the road to a commuter rail station in nearby Acton where she flagged down a passing motorist at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. In all, she trekked 1½ to 2 miles.

A helicopter transported the girl to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was treated for minor injuries including bumps and bruises and a cut on her face.

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