ACTON (CBS) — The California Highway Patrol said a 15-year-old girl intentionally walked into the path of a vehicle on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in rural Acton and was killed Sunday.

The CHP did not immediately release the girl’s name, but said she was an Acton resident.

The girl’s name will not be released by the coroner’s office until the news is delivered to family members by the CHP.

The girl had been walking along the right shoulder of the northbound freeway at about 12:40 a.m. She was seen stepping onto the freeway, in a 65 mile per hour zone, directly in front of a 2007 Mazda.

No citations were issued to, Marc Zuber, a 30-year-old Palmdale man and the motorist behind the wheel of the sedan that struck the girl. After the accident, Zuber pulled over and waited for the CHP to arrive.

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Comments (62)
  1. Sanityforus says:

    All we can ask is ‘why’.

  2. Really says:

    It’s sad that was her only option for dealing with whatever pain she had in life. I feel awful for the person driving the car as well. He’ll have to replay this for the rest of his live even though it wasn’t his fault.

    1. Jimmy says:

      my question is,where was the parents?

      1. Really says:

        Like I said in the statement above Jimmy, her parent may have been the problem. How many people can you run to in a rural area like Acton? I’m not saying that was the problem, but it could one realistic scenario.

      2. Really says:

        I meant it could be.

      3. greg says:

        driving the car

      4. Candy says:

        She comes from a very caring involved family, that is the way we are up here and why we live here. She piled pillows where she had been sleeping and slipt out of the house. your question should be directed to the parents of Antelope Valley….

  3. Jimmy says:

    she must have been going through some major issues in her life!

  4. Really says:

    You serve absolutely no purpose in society. If you don’t have anything relevant to say, you should just shut up. You’ll see how funny it is when tragedy visits your family.

    1. boobah says:

      You don’t get it. You are a moron, you talk too much and have nothing to say. Go back to living in the dark ages and learn to read before you get on the computer.
      You sound like you are 10 years old but many 10 year olds would ‘serve better purpose in society’, than you little funny tragedy.
      Gone are the days when below average idiots couldn’t get their hands on a computer.

    2. kristen says:

      it’s called a troll.
      it wanders the net looking for stories in which it can spew out stupidity just to get a reaction. it’s the same kid that in elementary school would pick their nose and chase people around with their boogers, and it hasn’t grown mentally any since then. it’s bored and looking for a thrill, no matter how sad or sick it seems to normal humans.
      just let it play with itself, it will get bored of it’s own company eventually….

  5. Nicholas Abbitt says:


  6. Nicholas Abbitt says:

    nicely said

  7. Mike says:

    Hey, “idiot”…since we’re name-calling…that has nothing to do with that the OP wrote. Maybe you should learn to read? The point is there’s no reason to kill yourself in that matter…putting other people at risk.

    Love this country…if a 15+ year old kills somebody we want to try them as adults, but anything else and it’s the “oh, she was 15 she didn’t know what she was doing” routine. Like in 2.5 year all those skills would magically appear. Age is in no way an indication of maturity.

  8. bje says:

    You all probably should hold your comments until/unless you know more about the situation. Jumping to conclusions only results in additional hurt to everyone involved.

    1. her friend says:

      thank you.

  9. swhitS says:

    Antidepressants do that to ya. Especially young growing minds. Seen too many of they go nuts on them. All of the school shootings were done by kids on those things. They are EVIL!

  10. swhitS says:

    CBS should be cited and pay a heavy fine for some kind of ethics violation. The guy is innocent and yet prints his name so the girls parents, when they find out their child is dead and distraught, can ………????

  11. her friend says:

    she was my friend. dont talk like that. you dont even know her. shes tried to hang herself. no one believed her. they thought she was pretending. so just dont post something like that!!

    1. Alice Ramirez says:

      Sad for you, too. It is a tragedy all around. Too bad no one took it seriously when she tried to hang herself.

    2. Julie Asperger says:

      I am so sorry about your friend. My condolences go out to you and her. There is sun after the rain. Dont get to down yourself. i know how you feel had a friend commit sucide when I was in 7th grade. be strong

    3. Lily says:

      My condolences to her family and friends. I can not fathom the distress this
      child had been going through or what her family had been going through with her. We should not pass judgement or make assumptions on what we do not know. What we do know is there are many suffering from this tragic loss. My prayers go out to all those affected May she rest in peace.

  12. Onclewillie says:

    I can’t help but wonder what a 15 year old is doing walking down a freeway at midnight. Where was the parental supervision?

    It is a tragedy whenever a young person dies in such a worthless manner but I have even more sympathy for the driver of the car that struck her. Poor guy was just driving down the road when he suddenly becomes the instrument of someone’s death.

  13. kristen says:

    be proud. you’re officially a sick human being. that family just lost their troubled daughter and odds are they had nothing to do with it.
    suicide is for the depressed. stupidity, that’s for the weak minded…

  14. KRC says:

    What a shame. I am so sorry.

  15. Destiny says:

    This is an extremely sad situation. Not only for the family of the troubled teen who thought suicide was her only way to resolve her problems, but for the man who had to witness this horrible accident right as he minded his business driving. Imagine being in his place. Traumatizing , for sure .
    May her family find tranqulity within themselves to lay their daughter to rest in peace. As a mother of a teen, I could say they have a mind of their own and we need to listen and talk to them frequently . Communication is very important . This is horrible .

  16. Julie Asperger says:

    how sad 15 is way to young to die let alone kill yourself. This girl must have been going through some major things in her lifa and was in a lot of pain. Im thinking she was isolated and felt hopeless. Maybe she didnt really have any friends or someone she could trust to talk about the problems in her life. We cant blame the parents just yet becaus eshe mayy have killed herself becaus eof home problems but it could also be problems at school with bulling or maybe a relationship maybe she just chemically was depressed. My condolences to out for this poor young soul. I hope she gets the peace in death that she didnt get in life.

  17. Lily says:

    My condolences to her family and friends. I can not fathom the distress this child had been going through or what her family had been going through with her. We should not pass judgement or make assumptions on what we do not know. What we do know is there are many suffering from this tragic loss. My prayers go out to all those affected May she rest in peace.

  18. lylee says:

    The problems that teens wrestle with are difficult and can be life threatening no matter where you live. Kids in the city have been driven to the same outcome. Rural Acton is not the problem. The social supports that should be in place, everyday are not. This is true in every neighborhood and on every school campus. The community has a responsibility to engage in it’s own needs as a whole. And, the schools in this country, each state, and every neighborhood are responsible for their part. Two weeks ago the school district in Acton “pink slipped” the only Psychologist on the high school campus. They have ordered him to lock the kids out of his office for the time he has remaining. The sign on his office door reads, “Kids are no longer allowed in my office at lunch or break for counseling or other reasons”. The only Guidance counselor for the high school has also been “pink slipped” and her door has been locked to students as well. There is a sign on her door to the same effect. Students spend 7 hours a day at school, five days a week. School has the obligation to be PART of the solution!

    1. Bri says:

      Where do you get your info? Are you absol;utely certain? You saw these signs on the door with your own eyes? You are sure that this is why this girl did what she did? Maybe, just maybe, she was getting help from an outside source, had friends & family to talk to, etc. YOU never know why people do things, but I can assure you that placing blame where it doesnot belone is never helpful!

  19. Julie Asperger says:

    dont you think calling this girl selfish on a public news site is selfish of you and very insensitive to the family and friends of this obviously troubled sad young girl. you should be more sensitive a 15 year old girl did just commit suicide

  20. Black American says:

    You are right. Everyone should just wait until more information comes out. We’ll be lucky if the media reports any additional information, but I read this story and thought what if it was a friend? Or Friends? Or some dude that broke her heart? I also understand those who blame her family because the girl was only 15 years old and they possibly didn’t know her whereabouts. Then again, I’m sure some of you posting here sneaked out of the house at 15 too.
    God Bless that child.

  21. warrk21 says:

    Please go to departedngone and Let The World Know that we have lost a Good Life.
    Departed N Gone

  22. Justin says:

    I was this girls best friend. I was hanging out with her all the time. Our family were the best of friends, while everything is going to change, I would please tell you that you don’t know everything. Her mom happened to be out of town of the time. I sit her on this terrible Sunday as we await her mom to get home. Please stop for these comments tore me apart, and if the mom was ever to see them she would be torn apart. Please only post things of support and not to blame people. I have been with this girls family all day and its sad, but these comments make it all worse. Please just stop.

    1. Mrs. Hunt says:

      You hang in there Justin. Things won’t make sense now, maybe never, but stay strong, and please talk to people. I know you will, you are an amazing young man, and will be one of many that will pull our community through this sad time. To her family….we are all mourning now here in Acton, and are there for you too.
      Mrs. Hunt

  23. raphael says:

    My sisters told me about the accident this morning. turns the grl goes to their highschool which is vasquez sad 😦

  24. vhs student says:

    I’m a student that goes to vasquez high and I didn’t really know her that well. But she always seemed happy and was always seen cracking jokes, smiling, and making people laugh. She was the mascott of our school and probably one of the funniest and nicest people you could ever meet. I feel so sorry for her family, friends, and the man that hit her. However, I do not feel any sorrow for her. She wanted to take her life, and she did. It was selfish of her because she did not think about the consequences of her actions and how it effects EVERYONE. We just had every 15min come to our school on Friday and she witnessed first hand how things like this effects everybody. I believe this was her desperate act of self pity. But I congratulate her for getting what she wanted, peace. Life is hard and only the strong can survive, this is the perfect example. Now its just going to be the same routine: facebook, candlelight, funeral, people saying they’ll always be there, then people forget and life moves on. But like I said before, my condolences go out to her family, friends, and that man.<3

  25. caroline says:

    As far as I’m concerned being one of her close friends all of you who didn’t know her and are assuming things really need to stop..she was a good person and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Did it cross anyones mind that maybe people like you forced her to remove herself from a place where almost everyone loved her? Probably not. I loved her and she should have never felt the way she did when she did this. Rest in peace my love I will never forget you.

  26. Travis says:

    I never met this girl, but my girlfriend that I love used to be best friends with her. This is… a very sad thing for us. Obviously i’m not going to go and say why this happened, but i will ask for just some prayers for the family and friends, because they really need it right now.

  27. nellie says:

    im a student at VHS. I known Sam when i was in 6th grad and she was in 7th and so on… but i wasn’t a good friend of hers. i new her but we talked once in a great blue moon. If she havn’t talked about problems in her life, you wouldn’t know she was sad or depressed because whenever i saw her she was so happy and cheerful. we always pass by each other going to out 4th per. because i hang out with one of her good friends (not saying names). she seemed a really really nice person. and a great daughter/sister. She might had family problems and a hared life. but she was funny, sweet, pretty/cute, and a good friend to everyone. she told jokes, she played in a band, she had an awesome talent and good friends… REST IN PEACE _________!!

  28. Mimi says:

    I knew her personally and so did my children – she was the most loving , beautiful, smart awesome girl I have ever known. Please Please hold those mean comments!!
    Acton is a small town but we all care so much about each other.

    God Bless you baby Girl… R.I.P Mimi, Nick and Sophia

  29. AdriannaMarie says:

    It’s even worse to know what a bright and happy girl she was. Any time I saw her she was always soo happy and laughing and making others around her laugh. Our whole school is taking it very very hard. As far as parental supervision, her mom was out of town and she didn’t have a father. Love and prayers to her family<3

  30. Anonymous says:

    I knew her personally and i must say this came as shock to me when i found out this morning at school. Although I only knew her on a basic level, it was apparent that she brought joy to all of the people around her with her witty comments and overwhelming charm. I thought all of you should know this before expressing whatever you may. I can only hope that all of my classmates remember her as I will, the humorously playful and intelligent girl that she was. May she rest in peace. .

  31. mom of girls says:

    I am a resident of Acton and am very involved in my childrens life. My daughter goes to the jr. high here. She informed me about this today after school. I heard she was a great girl who got good grades and even tutored the younger kids. We should not judge or speculate. What we should do is be there for our kids & there friends if needed. It could have happened anywhere.

  32. Aubrey says:

    Excuse me, but you have absolutely NO idea what you are talking about. Samantha Gene Rocha-Dyer was a beautiful strong young women. I just happened to be her best friend. And let me tell you, she had the support of her family, her friends, Dustin, Preston, Rachel, myself, the cheer squad, her fellow mascot, her hand bells teacher, her fellow hand bell team, and so many others that she influenced. It would be so much appreciated if you could please I beg of you, to please delete your comment. It is doing nothing but causing her family and friends pain and grief. Thank you.

    1. Mr. Hull says:

      you gooo gurl! ;-C so saddening!

  33. Kenny says:

    To the parents and students of a community where I attended Elementary and Part of Jr. High. This tragedy should be used as a wake up call to the Acton Town Council and School Board that is stuck on the idea that being an independent school district is a good decision for the community. These students NEED to be surrounded with support during this difficult time, However I know that this will not be available to these kids. The School Board and Acton Town Council should be fined and their privileges of making decisions for the schools should be revoked immediately. 1/2 + of the students that I knew trough elementary and jr. high ages 21-24 are still living at home, not attending college, still attending high school parties and struggle with some form of drug or alcohol addiction. The parents and community is indeed small town, But the small town behavior and habits have gone to far. The County of Los Angeles needs to take a good look at this School District and make the hard decisions that the AADUSD has proven incapable of making. With that being said, Parents DEMAND that the quality of education, surrounding, and accountability of students behavior and actions be enforced to promote a healthier environment for your children. Enough is enough. My sympathies go out to the Family, Friends, and the community that I love so much. – Kenny W. Fryer

  34. Lisa says:

    No one has the right to judge Samantha’s eternal life with God. No one has the right to judge Samantha or her family. Does any one truly need to figure out why Sam did this? Is this not up to her family instead of the community to understand what was going on with Samantha. It is up to us to love them through this and help with the transition that Debra is going to have to deal with. This is a loss that is so painful that words can not even touch it. Please realize all the emotions that Debra most of all is going to have to endure. Think about it. She was not there that is going to be with her for ever. This is a mother that tried with all her heart with Sam. You could see the fear and panic in Debra many times and if you are sensitive you did not even need to ask why. Sam was loved I just pray she knew that.

  35. sad mom says:

    As a parent of this community I agree with Kenny regarding the poor situation this school district is in, while some teachers are good the lack of funding put the kids in learning and mental support in serious deficits. Plainly put sad state of affairs. I knew this girl very little and my heart is broken that no one saw it coming. She needs to rest in peace now. This is the second teen suicide within 2 years and it is devastating to this small community, parents please pay attention, also in my 2cents opinion kids should not be on internet unsupervised, but this is a discussion for other times.

  36. Cindy moreno says:

    Samalamadingdong! I will miss you and your silly self! I am glad we got to know each other, I am proud to say we were friends, even though I’m a mom.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    Watch what U “ASSume” ppl!
    How many of U EVN KNOW This Fam?!!
    (btw: I DO!)

  38. Deborahmakestherules says:

    Stop the hate, and smoke a lil’ weed.

  39. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to everyone in pain right now, but please do not let this tragedy cloud your judgment. If this girl did commit suicide, she is not going to heaven. However, we do not KNOW for a fact if she did, so let’s wait for the autopsy and hope for the best. For all her friends, this will get better, just give it time.

    1. Lisa says:

      This is for you. Stop making such solid statements about her salvation. YOU are not God you are not the judge. Ephesians 2 verse 9 .For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this notfrom yourselves, it is a gift from God-not workes,so that no one can boast. Put that to rest becuse it is not scripture. As it may be wrong to take your own life it is not a path to hell. Jesus died for us and took that act for us for all who believed. Do not stand so strong and feel good about saying something that is just not true for you to feel powerful.

      1. Anonymous says:

        I really was not trying to feel powerful, nor was I judging. Obviously no one knows for a fact if she’s going to heaven or hell. Only God knows that, but I was just repeating God’s word. I was being sincere in everything I said. For you to place false assumptions on me is beyond rude. I wasn’t trying to boast, feel powerful, judge, feel strong, or feel good. You need to think before you speak next time, because I am very hurt after that comment. Sometimes it is hard to hear something you don’t like, but don’t bash the messenger.

    2. juliaseyes says:

      Yes! The Christian Right bing Christian again!

    3. Heart-Broken says:

      You are in no place to judge her salvation. You are making such a bold statement from an old catholic teaching that isnt even taught anymore.The bible does not say anything to back up what you are saying. The only immediate path to hell is rejecting Jesus Christ and BLASPHEMY of the Holy Spirit. God is with us in our time of despair and only He knew the true pain in her heart. He was there with her in that painful time and was there to sweep her into His arms and comfort her. I pray you rid yourself of your misplaced and fallible judgement and see this situation through His heart and love with his love and feel with his compassion.
      Rest in peace sweet girl. God Bless

  40. anonymous says:

    Why is nobody talking about the real issue here? You guys who are her freinds need to step up and honor her and stand up for what she couldn’t. You need to so that this bullying doesn’t hurt anybody else

    1. Anonymous says:

      She wasn’t being bullied… Who told you that?

  41. KMBSCV says:

    Wow, such a distressing situation…Distressing that Sam is gone and we will never again have the joy she exuded, the smiles she was able to bring, her extreme intelligence, her love and compassion for others, her sense of humor and her unconditional love of family and friends. I too knew Sam, spent time with her, laughed with her, talked with her and admired her. Simply baffled by all of those who obviously don’t possess common sense, consideration or empathy for her family and friends. Who posts such vicious, assuming and factless statements? I pray you and your familys never face the loss of a child. To those that didn’t know her or her family and choose to condem either of them, be ashamed, very ashamed.

  42. A visitor in Acton says:

    Did she and her family live on Palimono Rd. in Acton. If she did I shall remain anyomous with info about about a quite tribute, and her home today. I have read all the comments, and I come away with a child that everyone loved and now misses. An angel while on earth showing laughter and smiles….no one can ever figure out why things happens. I just to need to know if she lived in community I think it is “Palimono Ranch” or close to that and on Palimono Rd.

  43. Cndy says:

    She lived in Stallion Meadows. Off Soledad. I miss her so much.

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