Family in Mourning After Tragic Car Crash Kills Mom, Brothers - NBC Southern California

Family in Mourning After Tragic Car Crash Kills Mom, Brothers



    Search for Toddler Missing After Crash

    Rescue crews continue to search for a missing toddler feared dead after his mother's car veered into the California Aqueduct in Hesperia. One of three children in the car survived. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017. (Published Saturday, March 4, 2017)

    A 2-year-old boy still hasn’t been found after a horrific car crash in Hesperia left his mother and one of his brothers dead and their family in mourning.

    Family members continued to visit the site of the crash Friday, where investigators were searching the aqueduct where the family's car was found.

    On Saturday morning, the dive team resumed the search for Noah's body, but did not locate the boy. 

    "Our hearts are broken that we couldn't bring closure to the family. We are truly sorry for their loss," Doug Wolfe of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department tweeted

    Body of Child Still Missing After California Aqueduct Crash

    [LA] Family Tragedy: Body of Toddler Still Missing in California Aqueduct Crash

    Rescue crews suspended the search for a missing toddler believed to be killed Thursday when his mother's car inexplicably veered into the California Aqueduct in Hesperia. One of three children in the car survived. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2017.

    (Published Friday, March 3, 2017)

    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators aren’t sure exactly why Christina Estrada’s red Volkswagen Beetle suddenly veered off Main Street and into the aqueduct. The car flipped onto its roof and landed in the water.

    One of the three brothers inside the car with their mother survived the crash.

    Shayla Blakemore said she has never felt such a deep heartache in her life. She was grieving Friday at the exact spot where last night her family suffered an unimaginable loss.

    "And God has wrapped his arms around those two babies and that's the only relief that I have, knowing that they're up there with him," she said.

    Family members said Estrada was heading home at around 6:30 p.m. when it happened.

    "She was a good mom and she loved her kids. She would do anything for her kids,” said Steven Abbott, Christina’s brother-in-law and the uncle of 3-year-old Jeremiah, who died at a nearby hospital, and Noah.

    The children’s distraught father didn’t want to leave the scene Thursday night with Noah’s remains still missing.

    "I told my brother I would sleep out here with him so he wouldn't be out in the cold by himself, so I slept here last night with him," Steven Abbott said.

    For the big family, here is some gratitude because of the survival of the third brother, 10-year-old Elijah.

    He too was thrown into the water but managed to find something to keep him afloat. He told his family he tried to save his brothers.

    "We told him that he was a hero and he did the best that he could," his grandmother said.

    If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up to help the family with funeral expenses, you may do so by clicking here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 7.9 percent of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges.

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