Police said: "CHP Officers and Alameda County Fire Paramedics responded to the scene and discovered a 19-year-old woman suffering from life threatening stab wounds and other injuries".
Around 2 a.m. on Monday, 911 dispatchers received a call about a woman lying in the middle of a remote road, Sgt.
The victim had been out in cold weather for several hours and had dragged herself about 91 metres before she was found, according to the Alameda County sheriff's Office.
Richard Loadholt, one of the motorists who found Cuesta told KCRA that he tried to keep her talking and awake. But they kept her alert until help arrived, when a helicopter took her to a hospital, reports KTVU. 'I think she showed incredible internal strength to get through this and to live for as long as she did live'.
The victim's friend Alex Yanez told KTXL that Cuesta was a fighter even with her hobbies.
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'I hope it will be encouraging to her family to know that their daughter did have that spirit to fight, ' Loadholt said.
Cuesta was found bleeding from multiple stab wounds by a passing vehicle near Tesla Road about two miles west of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area early Monday morning. "She said she felt she was going to die".
But before her death, she was able to give investigators a crucial piece of information. Authorities said she had been beaten and stabbed- mortally wounded.
Cuesta was airlifted to hospital (above) but died about two hours later.
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FOX40 spoke with Cuesta's father through Facebook Tuesday.
The sheriff's sergeant told the Modesto Bee that investigators recovered a "tremendous" amount of evidence at the home, thanks to Cuesta's dying declaration.
A family member started a GoFundme campaign to help with expenses during this time. "I love her", he continued. Initially, he said he and his workmates thought she was missing an arm.
'She was fighting to survive and part of that fight was helping us find the people who did this. Authorities-who believe Cuesta was at one point tied up-have yet to provide a motive for the killing, and friends are at a loss.
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