Eden Miranda, the only member of the Miranda family to survive a horrific car crash in Lodi last month, has been released from the hospital and into the care of his godparents, according to University of California, Davis Medical Center staff and family friends.
Miranda, 9, is living with his godparents in Lodi where he’s recovering from several injuries, including two broken legs, said Christine Malandro, principal at Heritage Primary Elementary School.
“He seems to be doing really well,” Malandro said. “He’s just so resilient. We have him as our little miracle to lift us out of this great loss.”
Miranda’s parents Luis Miranda Ochoa, 32, Vivian Rodriguez Salgado, 31, who was seven months pregnant, and his three siblings, Irvin Miranda, 12, Jose Luis Miranda, 6, and Stephanie Miranda, 5, died on Oct. 22 when their Ford F-150 was struck by an SUV driving “faster than freeway speeds,” according to witnesses.
The crash left 9-year-old Eden Miranda orphaned and hospitalized. He was admitted to UC Davis Medical Center in critical condition, then upgraded to serious condition last week.
Eden Miranda underwent surgery to repair his liver and recently had stitches removed from the back of his head. Miranda, who is being home-schooled for the time being, will likely be confined to a wheelchair for several weeks until the casts are removed from his legs, Malandro said.
He doesn’t have any memory of the accident, but last week he learned what happened to his family, Malandro added.
Heritage Primary Elementary School, where all four children attended, including Irvin Miranda before moving to Lodi Middle School, has been raising funds for Eden Miranda and finding ways to remember his family.
Recently, the school held a penny drive and one class collected more than $100. The school is also looking into dedicating a bench on campus to the family.
“Some of the children have shown up with entire savings because they felt compelled to do something,” Malandro said. “It was healing for them to do something.”
Police say Ryan Morales, 28, of Lodi is suspected of causing the six-vehicle crash on Ham Lane and Vine Street that killed six people and left six more injured.
He’s currently in critical condition in a Sacramento-area hospital, where police are prepared to arrest him once his medical condition improves.
Court records show Morales’s blood-alcohol level was 0.20 when he was admitted to the hospital following the crash. Police also found the needle of the speedometer in the SUV Morales was driving stuck past 100 miles per hour, indicating his speed at the time of the crash.
Authorities say they will pursue murder charges against Morales.
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