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SUV drives over edge of cliff, then disappears

Posted on Tuesday, 7 January, 2020 | Comment icon 56 comments

What happened to the car and its occupants ? Image Credit: California Highway Patrol
Police in California have appealed for information after footage emerged showing a car driving over a cliff.
The shocking clip, which was filmed by the dashcam of another vehicle traveling the opposite direction, shows a green Lexus RX careening off the road and over the edge at full speed.

The incident, which occurred on the SR-1 coastal highway south of Gray Whale Cove on December 30th at 10:38am, sparked a major search-and-rescue operation covering several days and involving multiple departments.

In a peculiar twist however, rescuers were unable to find any trace of the vehicle or its occupants - it was as if the car had vanished into thin air after driving over the side of the cliff.

According to the San Mateo County Fire Department, tyre tracks were found at the scene and some debris was found in the water below, however it isn't clear if it is connected to the SUV.
There is a 75ft drop from the top of the cliff to the rocks below.

Authorities are now appealing to the general public for any information about the incident and have not ruled out the possibility that the whole thing could be some sort of hoax.

If someone really did plummet over the cliff edge however, it's unlikely that they would have survived.

You can check out the dashcam footage below.

Source: Driving.co.uk | Comments (56)

Tags: Car, Cliff

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #47 Posted by Chewie1990 on 14 January, 2020, 20:43
Still weirdly quiet on this one, but just a little more background and perspective:   “Imagine a world where deepfakes are prevalent. That will allow anyone to deny and dispute anything that they don’t like,” said Shamir Allibhai, the CEO of Amber, a Palo Alto-based media forensics company founded in 2017. “The existence of fake video gives ammunition to anybody to delegitimize genuine evidence.” In the case of the San Mateo cliff crash, many social media users insisted the video was a deepfake. But Allibhai’s hunch is the video is legit. “My gut feeling is this video is probably not deepfake,... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by Manwon Lender on 14 January, 2020, 20:56
I still beleive it was a stunt to create this controversy, and the longer this subject is discussed it only plays into the intent of the perpetrator of this Hoax. Vehicles don't mysteriously disappear and that alone should explain that something is right. Along with the fact that no explanation has been officially offered. peace
Comment icon #49 Posted by Eldorado on 14 January, 2020, 20:58
Latest: Investigators, Bay Area experts reassure skeptical public that crash was not a hoax https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/13/san-mateo-county-cliff-crash-video-mystery-real-or-deepfake/
Comment icon #50 Posted by ChrLzs on 15 January, 2020, 21:08
It's behind a paywall.   Can the mercurynews tell us whether the parts found matched the SUV model?  That the wreck has been located and the rego plates at least photographed by divers? As a card-carrying skeptical public member, I am not even vaguely re-assured.  And as for paywalls, if you don't want your info to be public, then post on then don't put it on the interwebz, or at least don't  let Google point to it...
Comment icon #51 Posted by ChrLzs on 15 January, 2020, 21:22
BTW, here's a little addendum....  From someone who has access thru the paywall {cough}, here's a quote: Now think about that.  More than two weeks have elapsed.  The initial claim was the Coast Guard and divers actually went to the scene but due to huge waves, could not investigate further ..but that parts had been found.  Didn't the CG know what the marine weather was like - why go there in such bad conditions?  And now they've had two weeks, if the story is true the location of the vehicle is pretty accurately known, and yet they haven't got any further information to offer?  These are the ... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by ChrLzs on 15 January, 2020, 22:22
{double post}
Comment icon #53 Posted by Chewie1990 on 16 January, 2020, 1:04
Hence why I quoted it instead of posting the link, not that it's too difficult to get around the paywall clearly.. I think it was in the article, or it may have been a different one, but no - the parts found and identified don't match, the parts that haven't been identified are.. unidentified. I think we are putting too much stock in these kinds of statements though. The kind of debris you would find after a serious accident are very unlikely to lead to identification - a decent bit of body panel or light cluster maybe, but small pieces of black plastic? The idea you could just hand it to a me... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by Golden Duck on 16 January, 2020, 1:56
Where's Jon and Ponch?  They'd have this solved in 48 minutes!
Comment icon #55 Posted by ChrLzs on 16 January, 2020, 2:17
?  I was responding to Eldorado's post, but never mind. I'd just ask who were they identified by?  No-one seems to know who is doing what, if anything. The vehicle didn't explode.  Hereabouts this would have been quite a story, and the effort to get into the area, locate the vehicle and recover or at least dive on it would be of major public interest.  I guess thungs are different over there... Well unless they floated to shore and then drove off, there is a vehicle on the sea bottom. I see little evidence of any continuing efforts, and the reporting of what has been done to date is woeful. Ag... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Chewie1990 on 16 January, 2020, 8:32
I know you were, I wasn't say that in a combative way, just justifying why I posted a wall of text instead of sharing the source. True, but I wouldn't expect that level of detail from a story like this, you don't often get the names and credentials of experts or consultants unless they are quoted. It's also possible the debris hasn't been formally assessed and its journalist speak for "I didn't see anything with a Lexus badge on it". Either way I don't think you can rely on it - if Lexus RX parts are found it doesn't guarantee the footage is genuine and if none are identified it doesn't prove ... [More]

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