ANTIOCH, Calif. (Henry Lee/ KTVU) - A 4-year-old girl was killed in Antioch when a man in a stolen truck crashed into the truck she was riding in. Now, her 2-year-old sister, who was also in the vehicle, is fighting for her life.
The girls’ father told KTVU that his younger daughter, Camila, is not responding to stimuli at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Doctors plan to conduct more tests on Friday.
“I wish..” Jesus Cardoza said, pausing to control his emotion.. “I just want my daughter to live. They already took one."
Even as he stays by Camila’s bedside, Cardoza is mourning the loss of his 4-year-old daughter Lenexy.
“Lenexy she was just a beautiful girl. That’s how I remember her,” he said. “And Camila, she's not showing any signs of life."
Lenexy and Camila were riding with their mother Edith Ramirez in their gray truck when a man in stolen white truck ran a red light and slammed into them.
The crash happened on Somersville Road near Highway 4 on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say the suspect, 23-year-old Noe Saucedo of Pittsburg, was trying to evade a Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy at the time of the crash.
Sheriff's officials say although the deputy had just turned on his emergency lights, there was no active pursuit at the time.
Saucedo was arrested on suspicion of murder and evading arrest. He is being held at Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez in lieu of more than $1 million bail.
Reporters asked Cardoza what he would say to the suspect if he had the chance.
“Not say to him,” he replied. “I'll just leave it to God right now. "
At the Antioch crash site, a growing memorial of pink flowers, balloons and stuffed animals sits in Lenexy’s honor.
Well-wishers, including some who witnessed the crash, paid their respects.
“It breaks my heart,” said Nikki Sanchez of Antioch. “I have a 4-year-old granddaughter. It makes me sad. So I prayed for the family. My son and I, we prayed for them last night. Amd we didn't know she had had passed away.”
Bobbi Vittori, who saw the chaotic aftermath, said, “It stays in my mind because I saw it. I saw the little baby. I saw them doing CPR.”