CA - Police searching for car seen in video driving off hwy cliff in California, 30 December 2019

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  1. LietKynes

    LietKynes "What do you despise? By this you are truly known"

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    Police searching for car seen in video driving off highway cliff in California - ABC News
    "...It was not clear how many occupants were in the vehicle at the time ..."

    "...Police said they believe the car plunged away from the jagged cliff embankment into the water below, which they estimated to be 30 to 40 feet deep..."


    Sad video in this article.
    Shades of the Hart family tragedy.

    Dramatic video shows car plunging off cliff on California coast

    "...The video, released by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, shows what was described by the Coast Guard as a dark-green Lexus SUV speeding along the shoulder before driving off the cliff without appearing to slow down..."

    I'd like to think it was accidental.
    In 30-40 feet of water they'll be hard to locate. :(

     
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    whitelilac Well-Known Member

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    I saw this horrifying video earlier. The person driving the vehicle didn't appear to try to correct and was going very fast. To me, it appears that either this was a medical event, or intentional, but I don't know.

    I have driven that whole coastline, and you have to stay very alert....a lot of curves, mostly no safety barriers, and the sights are stunning so a moment of distraction can be disastrous. Could be an accident I guess.
    Poor person, I hope there were no others in the vehicle.
    I wonder if a person will be reported missing.
    Very sad.
     
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    Tripod Well-Known Member

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    Just awful! Following.
     
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    LietKynes "What do you despise? By this you are truly known"

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    Have been looking around but most articles don't have anything new.
    Will post if I find something updated.
     
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  5. AliceInPain

    AliceInPain Well-Known Member

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    I'm hoping it's someone who did this on purpose and they were the only one in the car.
    Sad for family and friends regardless.
    Those roads are crazy unsafe.

    I thought of the poor Hart children too :(
     
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    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    wow
    how terrible
     
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    How awful- I really hope there were no other people in the car.
     
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    “A six-hour search for bodies was suspended Monday, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Taylor Bacon said, and remained halted as of Thursday afternoon due to a lack of visibility and dangerous water conditions in the area.

    "The risk outweighed the potential of finding somebody," Bacon told USA TODAY. "This is a unique situation and we're working with partner agencies to help find the vehicle."”

    [...]

    ““We don’t know if it was a criminal act," Diaz said. "We don’t know if it was intentional or if it was an accident."”

    Car drives off California cliff; officials unable to find SUV, driver
     
  9. LietKynes

    LietKynes "What do you despise? By this you are truly known"

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    Thanks, margarita !!
    I've searched a bit but mostly found articles dated from the day it happened.
     
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    Just returned from vacationing in that area... the roads along the cliffs are super scary. No guard rails, lots of curves... but oh so beautiful. I can see someone not being reported missing for a bit, but if I saw that video and had loved ones in the area I sure would be checking on them. Hope the person/persons are found soon.
     
  11. Jackielee09

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    It looks intentional. IMO I Just hope no one else in vehicle. I would think families or friends are missing someone with that vehicle description unless a rental.
     
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    It's so hard to say with these circumstances whether or not it's intentional. It seems more likely considering the apparent lack of braking. Such a beautiful stretch of highway would be an attractive destination for such a suicide too. Drive-offs at beautiful canyons and cliffs are unfortunately fairly common.

    It's still possible that the driver was unable to brake due to something like a medical condition or panicking and hitting the gas instead, though.
     
  13. AliceInPain

    AliceInPain Well-Known Member

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    Someone posted a link to the exact spot on Facebook. This would have been what the driver saw before it happened:
    Google Maps

    I wonder if they got disoriented? Or spooked by an oncoming car?
     
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    Reminds me and I’m sure everyone of Jennifer Hart. Still hope no one else inside. I can’t imagine this person not being “missing” yet. The vehicle seemed to make a bee line going high rate of speed.
     
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    Any news? I’m wondering if the driver was on his/her cell phone and maybe looked down for a quick few seconds, or as stated, had a medical issue like a heart attack, etc. Or again, was it intentional. Many options here.
     
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    You’re right...Strange...

    ETA: thinking out loud, “Dark green Lexus SUV...”. Hmmm.

    Any chance it’s a stolen vehicle? You think LE would know already if it was.

    Can we zoom in and see if it’s a Cali plate? Maybe it’s an out of state vehicle since there hasn’t been a connection yet. Just a thought. Like LE wouldn’t have thought of that lol.
     
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    Is there a possibility that there wasn’t a driver and someone intentionally somehow sent it flying off the cliff for whatever reason?
     
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    Tripod Well-Known Member

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    Probably not, with the other traffic there, going both ways, at the time. I'd imagine the person with the dashcam would have pulled over and stopped, and seen any other person who'd gotten out of a vehicle.
    I completely understand why it's so difficult to find the vehicle in the water, but like others have said, it's hard to understand why no one has reported a friend or family member or co-worker missing yet.
     

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