A California man is facing multiple charges after allegedly purposely driving over a 300-foot cliff with his wife and two young children inside the vehicle.
On the afternoon of January 2, a 41-year-old man was driving his Tesla near an area called Devil’s Slide, where many accidents have happened. His 42-year-old wife, and two children, ages 5 and 7, were passengers in the vehicle.
The man was cruising down Pacific Coast Highway when his car went over the side of a cliff and dropped approximately 300 feet. It smashed onto the rocky coast below.
The California Highway Patrol found out about the accident at approximately 11:00 am, and they rushed to the scene.
A helicopter was sent to the site, and one of the first responders was lowered to the destroyed vehicle.
They reported that the people were trapped in the car, but it appeared as if they survived the accident.
After confirming that they were alive, the authorities were able to safely remove the victims from the vehicle. Baskets were used to bring the children up from the wreckage, and the adults were airlifted by the helicopter.
All four of them were taken to the hospital for emergency medical treatment.
When the police began investigating the incident, they reported that they found reason to believe that the man drove the car off the cliff on purpose. They do not believe the vehicle malfunctioned or caused the accident.
When the man is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the San Mateo County Jail. He is currently expected to face charges of attempted murder and child endangerment.
It was reported that none of the people suffered serious injuries in the accident.
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