When her friends picked her up, she wasn’t suspicious of their intentions. That’s where our story begins, a dying young woman drags herself 100 yards to a road.
On February 12, around 2 a.m., a couple driving home on Tesla Road, a rural road in Livermore, CA., noticed a woman on the side of the road.
While his wife called the police, Richard Loadholt approached 19-year-old Lizette Andrea Cuesta, of Tracy, CA.
Lizette was bloody and suffering from life-threatening stab wounds and other injuries. She was airlifted to an area hospital, where she insisted on speaking with investigators, even though she was so severely injured.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly, said Lizette fought hard to survive. It appears the victim was determined to point police in the right direction of the people who killed her. Those were her last words.
Cuesta had been dumped in Livermore and crawled over 100 yards to the road where she was found.
Authorities did indeed use the information Lizette provided to arrest Daniel Gross, 19 and Melissa Leonardo, 25, both of Modesto. They are being held on charges of suspicion of murder.
The man who found the dying woman, Richard Loadholt, is never likely to forget this experience. He told a local newspaper, “I hope it’ll be encouraging to her family that their daughter had the spirit of fight.” He prayed with her and talked to her to keep her conscious as long she could and stayed until authorities arrived.
It is so alarming when human life seems to mean so little to so many. This young woman apparently had a great spirit and who knows what she could have done in her life? But she was robbed of that chance because of two people who have no respect for life.