Young Girl Still Fighting For Her Life After Crash Kills Family

A young girl who was kidnapped and then returned seven years ago is now fighting for her life after a car accident in West Lubbock left her in critical condition and killed the rest of her family.

By Ashley Hinson

LUBBOCK, TX -- A young girl who was kidnapped and then returned seven years ago is now fighting for her life after a car accident in West Lubbock left her in critical condition and killed the rest of her family.

Priscilla Maldonado, 7, of Lubbock, is the only survivor in a fatal accident that happened Friday at 9 p.m. on 19th Street near Alcove. 

According to police, a jeep swerved into oncoming traffic and struck a pickup truck, possibly to avoid a dog in the road. 

Maldonado’s parents, Jesse Maldonado, 29, and Erica Ysasaga, 27, along with her little sister, Joceline Maldonado, 3, all died in the crash.

“We're all still in shock,” said Jesse Madrid, Ysasaga’s Uncle.  “Everybody is hurting.” 

Priscilla Maldonado was rushed to University Medical Center and according to her family, is still in critical condition after suffering severe head trauma, two broken legs and a broken arm.

This family, though, is no stranger to tragedy.  Madrid recalls the day his niece, Priscilla, was kidnapped in 2006 from Ysasaga’s home when she was only 4 days old.

“Don't call me and joke that because nobody jokes like that,” said Madrid.  “She goes 'No, somebody kidnapped baby Priscilla.'”

An Amber Alert was sent out and the FBI called in – shining a national spotlight on the case.  According to police, a Lubbock woman posed as a hospital nurse and abducted Priscilla, and 24-hours later left her underneath a carport. 

“It took a big toll on us,” Madrid said. 

It has been a difficult seven years and even harder past three days, but Madrid said now they must focus on the healing process for the little girl, he said, God has a big plan for. 

Balloons and flowers have since been placed at the crash sight in remembrance of the family.

Multiple memorial funds have been set up to help with the funeral costs.

Visit any Wells Fargo or Plains Capital Bank to donate to the Maldonado/Ysasaga fund.

Also, the family is holding a roasted corn fundraiser.  To volunteer or make a donation call Dolores at 806-544-9056.

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