HESPERIA — The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department dive team concluded its search Saturday afternoon for a missing child from Thursday night's fatal crash into the California Aqueduct.
At 8:30 a.m., deputies assigned to the Hesperia Sheriff's Department and dive team continued to search the aqueduct for 2-year-old Noah Abbott. Officials began searching south of the Main Street Bridge, opposite of where the crash occurred.
According to officials, there was zero visibility in the water for the divers, and at approximately 2 p.m. the team was removed from the water due to unsafe conditions.
Officials had been searching for the missing child, who is presumed dead, since Thursday night. Since the collision, the underwater search has spanned from the north of the Main Street Bridge all the way south to Maple Avenue. Dive Team members covered an area of 2.5 miles of the 7-mile aqueduct while Sheriff’s Aviation Patrol helicopter assisted dive team members during the search, officials said.
Noah was traveling with his two brothers, Elijah Estrada, 10, Jeremiah Abbott, 3, and mother Christina Eileen Estrada, 31, of Hesperia, when their red Volkswagen convertible veered off the road and crashed through a fence into the aqueduct at approximately 6:40 p.m. Thursday, and was found fully submerged, according to authorities.
Elijah was found in the aqueduct holding onto flotation buoys and suffering from injuries after he was ejected from the vehicle just before it went into the aqueduct, according to authorities.
Elijah then informed deputies his family was still inside the vehicle before he was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The young boy has been released from the hospital and is continuing to recover at home with his family, according to authorities.
The vehicle was located and removed from the water while Estrada and Elijah's brother, Jeremiah, were pulled from the water.
However, Sheriff-Coroner said Estrada was pronounced dead at the scene, while Jeremiah died a short time later after being transported to Desert Valley Hospital.
Hesperia deputes will continue to patrol the roadway that runs parallel to the aqueduct and immediately contact dive team members if there is a sighting. Officials said team members worked tirelessly and "take it personally when they are not able to complete their mission."
The MAIT investigation is ongoing and the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
Monica Solano can be reached at MSolano@VVDailyPress.com or at 760-951-6231. Follow her on Twitter@DP_MonicaInes