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Dying Teen Drags Herself To Side Of Road, Uses Last Words To Identify Murder Suspects

Lizette Andrea Cuesta crawled 100 yards after being stabbed by two murder suspects.

By Gina Tron

A 19-year-old girl was bleeding and dying, yet she managed to drag herself 100 yards to a roadside in rural Alameda County, California, to try to save her own life. 

Lizette Andrea Cuesta had suffered stab wounds and other injuries when people in a passing car saw her at 2 AM on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Richard Loadholt was one of the good samaritans who helped her. He told KCRA-TV that he tried to console her and keep her conscious.

"I hope it'll be encouraging to their family that their daughter did have the spirit to fight," he said.

Another woman gave a blanket to the blood-soaked teen, who was airlifted to a hospital. Before she died, she was able to tell police who killed her.

"This victim really, really tried to survive. She fought," said Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly, according to Los Angeles Times. "The last thing we believe she was able to do was point us in the direction of the people that killed her, and that's pretty remarkable."

Because of her strength and ability to speak to authorities, they were able to arrest two people. Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, have both been arrested on suspicion of murder. It’s unclear if they have lawyers at this time.

Kelly said he believes that Cuesta was tied up at some point, and that she had crawled a whopping 100 yards after she was stabbed and dumped, KTVU reported.

The victim’s friend Alex Yanez told KTXL that Cuesta was a fighter even with her hobbies. She called her a determined skateboarder.

“Guys would fall just as hard and not get back up the rest of the day. She would fall and get right back up and try it,” Yanez said. “If she wanted that trick bad enough she would get it."

[Photos: Alameda County Sheriff's Office]

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