At approximately 2:30 a.m., divers found the vehicle about 1,400 feet south of the Main Street bridge with Xanthel Linares still inside.
Just before 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, the vehicle was recovered from the aqueduct, and inside the vehicle was Linares’s body. The water flow in the aqueduct was stopped and The State of California Department of Water Resources and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dive Team responded to the scene to assist.
In March, a mother and two children died when their vehicle went off the same stretch of road and into the aqueduct.
Linares’ family members said they plan to call for safety improvements between the road and aqueduct to prevent more crashes. She was the youngest of five siblings. A witness reported that the 2017 Kia Forte was traveling westbound on Main Street when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the California Aqueduct.
“The last words that she was able to say to my mom before she went under completely and was no longer able to speak were ‘I love you, ‘” Anette Linares said.
Just after midnight Friday, Xanthei Linares was travelling west along Main Street near Escondido Avenue in Hesperia, when she lost control of the wheel and flew through a fence, the Daily Mail reports.
An investigation into the crash continues.
Flowers lie where a vehicle crashed into the California Aqueduct in Hesperia on Friday, Sept. 16. Rescue teams were quickly mobilized and were able to save one of the three children. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and the cause of the crash is ongoing.
The eldest boy, a 10-year-old, held onto a floatation device and was pulled from the wreckage without major injury. A third child survived.
Xanthel’s family is asking the city to install better guard rails on the bridge.