Driver gives mom fi­nal ‘I love you’

Woman, 24, whose ve­hi­cle plunged into aque­duct called her mother be­fore dy­ing.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joseph Serna joseph.serna@la­times.com

A woman who died af­ter her car went off the road and over­turned in the Cal­i­for­nia Aque­duct in Hes­pe­ria man­aged to call her mother and tell her she loved her be­fore she died, her fam­ily said at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day.

The fam­ily of Xan­thel Linares, 24, said she was the driver of a car that author­i­ties say plunged into the aque­duct about 2:30 a.m. near Main Street and Es­con­dido Av­enue.

Af­ter land­ing in the aque­duct, Linares called her mother, Patricia Linares. The mother re­counted the con­ver­sa­tion at an emo­tional news con­fer­ence hours af­ter the crash.

“Mommy, Mommy, I jumped in the water,” Linares re­called her daugh­ter say­ing.

“‘Mommy, the car, I went in the water,’ ” she said. “I go, like, ‘What water?’ ”

“She goes, ‘The aque­duct, Mommy.’ She was scream­ing des­per­ately,” Linares said be­fore be­com­ing over­come with emo­tion and step­ping away from the me­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim’s sis­ter, the last thing Linares told her mother was, “I love you.”

Mem­bers of the San Bernardino County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment dive team were un­able to re­cover Linares in time.

She was pro­nounced dead at the scene, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the crash is con­tin­u­ing.

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