The blackened wreckage has been cleared and traffic once again zoomed past the scene of Friday night’s fiery freeway crash in Highland Park that claimed the life of an 11-month-old girl. But the Highland Park residents who heard and tried to rescue Leiana Ramirez from the backseat of her car are still trying to get over the trauma from the deadly crash on the Arroyo Seco Parkway. It’s one of the many accidents residents have witnessed over the years in the freeway lanes across the street from their homes, according to an L.A. Times story. Residents like Dilia Aviña who live near Bridewell and Hough streets have been through this before, but this accident was different, said the Times:
They’ve all helped with their share of accidents. They’ve run to get water, juice and blankets, jumped over the fence to pull panicked drivers and passengers out of oncoming traffic. They remember the cars — a van, a truck, a motorcycle — and they remember the faces — a nurse, a priest, a young student.
But this time it was a child.
“A little child,” said Aviña, who tried to help on Friday with her garden hose. “And there was nothing we could do about it.”
A small shrine of flickering candles, stuffed animals, flowers and a note addressed to “Sweet Little Girl” had been set up near the crash scene.