A Hesperia, Calif. woman died early Friday after telling her mother “I love you” by phone as her car sank into the California Aqueduct.
Xanthei Linares, 24, died in the crash shortly after midnight, reports The San Bernardino Sun. Divers recovered her body at 2:30 a.m. and family members at the scene identified her.
Linares’ black 2017 Kia Forte hit a curb, went through a fence and plunged into the aqueduct. She frantically called her mother for help as the car filled with water and sank.
“She was screaming desperately,” said Patricia Linares, her mother, at a press conference.
“The last words that she was able to say to my mom before she went under completely and was no longer able to speak was ‘I love you,’ ” said Annette Linares, her sister, according to the newspaper.
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