A 10-year-old “guardian angel” in California gave her life to save two little girls when she pushed them out of the path of an SUV, authorities said.
Investigators are unsure why a 1999 Mercedes started rolling down a driveway in Lakeside on Monday before striking Kiera Larson, who was able to move the 2-year-old and 1-year-old daughter of Alissa Jenkins to safety.
“She is truly a hero. She will forever be my kids’ guardian angel,” Jenkins told Fox 5. “She saved both my daughters’ lives.
“These are my two kids that I have and both of them could’ve been gone in an instant and she stepped in and took over and did what she knows best to do — and that’s to protect those around her.”
Kiera suffered major injuries when she was struck by the SUV, and later passed away at the hospital.
The car was set into motion “traveling backwards down the driveway,” the California Highway Patrol said in a release.
Jenkins’ fiance Jonathan Gusich says Kiera was always like a “big sister” to the girls.
“She was always looking out for them and apparently she gave her life for my kids,” he told the station. “I don’t know how to repay them, repay her. She must have been the guardian angel yesterday and they’re here because of her.”
A GoFundMe page for Kiera described her as “an amazing, beautiful, smart and funny little girl.” Nearly $35,000 has been raised as of Thursday afternoon.
“The entire Larsen family cannot thank every single one of you for your love, support and prayers,” the family wrote. “You have no idea how much seeing the support from so many people has helped us during this incredibly tough time. Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.”