Deadly crash

Firefighters extricated a driver of this car north of Pescadero State Beach on Wednesday. Photo courtesy Cal Fire

Updated 5 p.m.: Emergency crews responded to a vehicle over the cliff north of Pescadero State Beach on Wednesday morning. The driver, a Modesto woman in her 30s, was killed in the crash.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Art Montiel said the unidentified woman was driving a GMC Yukon southbound on Highway 1 when she went over the cliff. Someone on the beach found the car at about 9 a.m. and called authorities. It wasn't clear when the crash occurred.

Montiel said the woman was apparently not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the impact. She was pronounced dead on the scene and the investigation is continuing.

It is the second time in as many days that emergency responders have had to pull a dead person from a single car crash that ended on a Coastside beach. On Tuesday, a passerby found a crashed pick-up truck on the beach near Pomponio State Beach.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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Zack B

Possible causes:


Health issues: fatal heart attack; panic attack; vertigo

Vehicle Malfunction: flat tire, faulty brakes, steering system issues

Distracted Driver: cell phone; sightseeing

Weather: fog, wet pavement, bright morning sun

Obstacles: objects on highway; roadkill on highway; live animals on highway

Driver skills: failing to break too late; not knowing how to steer in a skid

Driver judgement: driving too fast for conditions

Scott McVicker

If you get a moment, it would be interesting to know if the drivers died prior to exiting the highway. I assume there will be a coroner's report.


Good call, Scott! Not that we need bumpers on every corner on highway 1 but some of the edges are precariously and dangerously close to severe drop offs or even public beaches like this one. It'll be interesting to see what the coroner's report says and if the ntsa will get involved.

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