Pasadena Freeway crash leaves good Samaritan neighbors in shock: Residents near treacherous curve are used to aiding crash victims, but failed attempt to rescue girl in burning car was especially heartbreaking.
Francisco Rodriguez, a factory worker, and his 16-year-old son dragged bucket after bucket of water from their apartment building and tossed it onto the flames. After 17 years of living on the edge of the freeway, he and his family have learned to act fast, even in the middle of the night, when many of the accidents happen.
… Authorities identified the victim as Leiana Ramirez of Los Angeles. According to the California Highway Patrol, the girl’s car had stopped because of a possible flat tire. Both alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as factors, authorities said.
Photo: Salvador Martinez, 36, of HIghland Park, one of the first responders at the scene of the crash, was burned when he tried to save the little girl. Credit: Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times
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