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SUV drives over edge of cliff, then disappears

By T.K. Randall
January 7, 2020 · Comment icon 79 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.

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Comment icon #70 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
what a cunning stunt
Comment icon #71 Posted by Rolltide 4 years ago
It looks like a Lexus Rx 350 to me, which are a dime a dozen here in the Bay Area.  
Comment icon #72 Posted by Chewie1990 4 years ago
Great find, thanks for sharing! It was getting pretty demoralising checking for updates and finding nothing so glad to see the case closed, just a shame there couldn't have been a happier ending.
Comment icon #73 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
Great job partner, even though it ended up like this. When I first saw the video I thought it was a stunt, I mean they sent divers in and searched the area and found nothing. Now they are finding human remains on a beach and drivers license, but still no vehicle. Its still a little strange, first how did the remains get out of the vehicle, and then how did they end up on a beach with a license. While I understand that the DNA from the remains were a match, there are still a lot of unanswered questions, at least for me. Peace Bro
Comment icon #74 Posted by Chewie1990 4 years ago
Not meaning to be too pedantic but the article states: - The remains were found AT Montara State Beach, not necessarily on the beach (although it's likely they washed ashore, this deion would also cover the accident scene, cliffs and surrounding waters) - The article does not mention whether the car has been found or not (though likely not I would guess) As for how the remains made it to shore it's not hard to believe that either in the original accident or the following months of wave action there was sufficient damage to the car to allow a body to escape and be carried by the tide (especial... [More]
Comment icon #75 Posted by micahc 4 years ago
did even look like she hit the brakes, but can't really tell from video. there was no dust anyway.  could have been medical issue or suicide, or just distracted I guess. 
Comment icon #76 Posted by Dustyrose33 4 years ago
I could not find anything linking this case to be a hoax.    Some car parts were said to have washed up on a nearby beach, but they could not definitely link them to the car that went over the cliff.   This is a mystery.
Comment icon #77 Posted by jbondo 4 years ago
Once I was driving (night) northbound on I=95, I think just north of Ft Lauderdale and it looked as though a Mercedes driver must have accidentally shifted into reverse on an overpass. It immediately took off backward, across 3 lanes and down over the side, crossing an off ramp. It was a steep bank, so once it went over, it was gone. I also remember in WPB seeing an old couple commit suicide by train. I watched the entire thing. It was surreal. After, I call 911 and they tell me to go over and check the occupants to see if they are dead. i did and found a man who must have been easy 85. His wi... [More]
Comment icon #78 Posted by Rolltide 11 months ago
Same area as this previous vehicle that drove off the cliff.. SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — The driver of a Tesla that crashed off Highway 1 in San Mateo County Monday was arrested for attempted murder and child abuse, California Highway Patrol said Tuesday. Investigators believe the man crashed the car, which was carrying two young children, intentionally.
Comment icon #79 Posted by Tatetopa 11 months ago
I wonder if he will claim the car was driving as a defense?

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