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Published on February 26, 2024
San Tan Valley Girl, Survivor of Near-Drowning, Dies in Vehicular AccidentSource: GoFundMe / Alia Preston

A young girl, age four, succumbed to her injuries after a vehicular accident occurred just outside her San Tan Valley residence, as confirmed by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. The incident that took place last Friday around 5:15 p.m., has been identified as involving Mia Preston, who was found in a critical condition and later passed away at the hospital. Emergency responders had rushed to the scene near Combs Road and Painted Desert Drive.

As the Vehicular Crimes Task Force of Pinal County conducts their investigation, details regarding the potential charges for the driver, who stayed after the accident, remain uncertain. This upsetting event resurfaces, just two years after Mia's miraculous recovery from a near-drowning incident in San Diego. A visit to a swimming pool turned nearly fatal when the young child was discovered by her father, and despite the absence of permanent brain damage after extensive CPR, the family is once again faced with an irrevocable loss, according to

The resilience of Mia, touted by her family as a "beautiful miracle," was reported by ABC15 nearly two years ago. From a tragic day that could have ended in despair, Mia returned to her passion for swimming, showcasing the spirit of a survivor. Her return to normal life appeared complete, until fate intervened once more, ABC15 revealed.

A GoFundMe account has been established to assist the Preston family with funeral expenses, providing a platform for the community to express their support and share in the family's grief. The ongoing investigation by PCSO is yet to shed light on the full circumstances of the accident that claimed the life of a child already known to many for her prior brush with death and extraordinary recovery.