A young girl, whilst fast asleep, was slammed into by a truck due to the actions of a callous drunk driver.
It was in the early morning hours of a Sunday when the drunk driver crashed through the bedroom of 13-year-old Cambria Soto. The teen was left with serious injuries after the pickup truck smashed into her at around 3:45 am on November 1, 2020, in a Porterville neighborhood in California.
The Porterville Police Department revealed in their news release that Cambria was airlifted from her family’s apartment and taken to the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center, as reported by People. But her injuries were far too severe and Cambria passed away, leaving a devastated family mourning the loss.
Following the accident, the man who drove the truck was later identified as a 19-year-old man named Alexis Mendoza. The allegations against Alexis include driving under the influence.
Alexis was reportedly speeding while trying to make a turn on Tomah Avenue but he lost control, leading to his truck flying over the curb. The truck rammed right into Cambria’s bedroom wall with Alexis behind the wheel, and the vehicle struck the teenager as she was fast asleep in her bed.
One of the first persons to arrive at the spot was a neighbor, Antonio Ramirez. When he rushed and saw the aftermath of the accident, he was exposed to the devastating sight of Cambria pinned underneath the pickup truck’s back wheels, according to FOX26. The neighbor knew Cambria and revealed that he will always remember her as “the happiest little girl.” However, the horrifying sight of the girl trapped under the truck’s wheels is something he would find hard to forget.
For Antonio, the child’s death felt like he lost one of his own family members. And for a number of people in the community, it felt the same. The neighborhood came together to mourn Cambria’s death, and several people left candles and flowers near the family’s apartment complex.
Police officers later established that the man was drunk while driving and they charged Alexis with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. No details were reported on whether the man had an attorney representing him.
People close to Cambria’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help ease the family financially through this difficult time.
“It is with heavy hearts to share that our dear Cambria was unexpectedly taken from us,” said the GoFundMe page. “Cambria was loved by so many had a huge heart, and beautiful smile that would light up any room. We have started a fund to help out her loved ones she left behind. We want to help alleviate some of the hardship for the family.”
Kind donors exceeded the initial goal of $10,000 and have so far donated $17,490 in total. An update on the fundraising page said, “…Thank you to all who donated. We are truly amazed at how our community, friends, and family have pulled together during this hard time. We have reached our goal in 24 hours, and it’s almost unbelievable. We will still be accepting any donations for Cambria’s family. They are extremely grateful for all your love and kind words you have shared.”