A 16-year-old Southern California girl was killed while sleeping in her bed after her allegedly drunk neighbor crashed his SUV into her home in the pre-dawn hours Easter morning.
The LA County police arrived to the gruesome scene sometime around 4am before arresting Roberto Rodriguez of Palmdale.
Shocking photos show the 20-year-old’s vehicle still lodged in the home at the very spot where witnesses say Giselle Mendoza moaned helplessly in the final moments of her short life.
Earlier accounts reported that the Palmdale High School sophomore died on impact, but a more recent recounting reveals a far darker scenario.
‘You would hear her moaning, kind of, inside the wall,’ eyewitness James Fisher King told CBS Los Angeles.
Fisher King said he watched helplessly as Rodriguez’s Nissan Pathfinder careened uncontrollably toward its grim destiny.
‘I saw a car coming down 10th, east, about 80-85 mph, and it didn’t stop or hesitate. Just right into the building. Boom,’ Fisher King said.
One account says the driver ran a red light just prior to the incident.
Police say preliminary sobriety tests revealed the 20-year-old’s blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit.
The tragedy was also gut-wrenchingly close to becoming a even more horrific.
CBS LA is reporting, and Fisher King’s account verifies, that the vehicle smashed violently through the bedrooms of two teen girls.
‘The car came through her bedroom as well but she was sleeping, thank God, on the couch,’ said Earnest Daveport of his 14-year-old daughter.
Mendoza’s family, including older sister Yadira Mendoza, put on their bravest faces late Sunday to tell reporters of their unimaginable grief.
‘She meant everything, she was my little sister,’ said Yadira Mendoza told KABC through sobs. ‘What else can I say? We’re just hurt. I can’t believe this happened.’
‘I’m destroyed now…she lived here,’ said the victim’s inconsolable father Alberto Mendoza as he gestured toward his heart.
Even through her crippling grief, the stricken big sister hoped Giselle’s untimely death can send a message.
‘I just want…all the people who drink and drive to stop doing it,’ said told KTLA. ‘It’s just causing pain for families. They are losing their family members.’
NBC Los Angeles reports that roughly half the complex’s units were evacuated either due to leaking fuel or because they were also damaged by the crash.
L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Sauer said it was possible Rodriguez was driving home and missed his turn, jumped the curb and went straight into the apartment building.
‘We just heard a witness who said that he estimated the speed to be about 80 miles an hour,’ he said.
Rodriguez was transported to a hospital with minor injuries and booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
He was released from custody on $100,000 bond late Sunday.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.
7 (G is the 7th letter of the alphabet) + 9 (i is the 9th letter of the alphabet) + 19 (s is the 19th letter of the alphabet) = 35
So the number 35 ruled her first twenty-seven years of life.
35 = Without warning.
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