19-Year-Old’s Dying Words Lead to Arrests of Her Alleged Murderers
Two teens were arrested in Modesto, California, after a 19-year-old woman was fatally stabbed multiple times and left for dead on the side of a Bay Area road, according to authorities.
Authorities received a call around 2 a.m. on Monday, Feb 12, from a passing driver who reported that a woman missing an arm was crawling in the middle of Tesla Road in Livermore, according to Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
Livermore: Early this AM, #ALCOFire Batt 3, E-8 & E-21, Paramedics Plus & REACH 2 responded w/ CHP to a medical emergency on Tesla Rd, approx 2 miles west of Carnegie Park. A patient was treated for life threatening injuries (multiple stab wounds) & transported to Eden Hospital. pic.twitter.com/OCbImcyHL9
— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) February 12, 2018
“There was a rumor she had no arm (and) that’s not true,” Kelly told the newspaper.
“We know that she was crawling out to the roadway to get help — (that) is what we suspect,” he added.
When police arrived at the scene, they found that the woman still had all her arms, but was in a critical condition from the stabbing attack. She was airlifted to Eden Medical Center, only later to be pronounced dead.
Investigators said the 19-year-old from Tracy, 30 miles west of Modesto, was able to identify a male suspect and that she has said she knew both of the suspects before she passed away, reported KCRA.
UPDATE: A teenage woman crawled nearly 100 yards onto a rural road just outside of Livermore early Monday after she was stabbed multiple times and left for dead, authorities said. Story: https://t.co/yHjKpwy0FC https://t.co/NkEDElxruJ
— Sarah Ravani (@SarRavani) February 12, 2018
Her dying words ultimately led to the arrest of a teenage man and woman, both 19 years of age, in Modesto, Kelly said. The suspects have not been identified by police.
“I’ve been around a long time, and I can only think of two to three times that I’m aware of in our agency that we’ve been able to get a dying declaration like that,” Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle. “A dying declaration is a very compelling piece of evidence that’s recognized in the court to be very credible and reliable information.”
Through preliminary investigations, the woman was found to be stabbed and dumped out of a car, authorities said. The woman was also suffering from other unspecified injuries.
“Her internal fortitude, to stay alive and to fight, is pretty remarkable,” the sergeant told the newspaper.
“This young woman clung to life when she was left for dead and was able to live for another couple hours and get us that information. Ultimately that led us to these arrests,” he added.
Police investigations are currently underway. No other details have been released at the time of this report.