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Man hospitalized after car plunges over cliff

Posted on December 28, 2013

Man hospitalized after car plunges over cliff

Source (CBS Los Angeles)

A man was hospitalized Friday after he drove his car over a cliff. The car landed in the ocean off of Palos Verdes in the 1300 block of Paseo del Mar, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The accident was reported around 2 a.m. The rescuers found the 19-year-old man 300 feet below the cliff. The car was partially submerged.

“It was well damaged and he was apparently trapped inside the vehicle with water rushing in,” Cpt. Don Tianaka said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

Reports indicate that the man may have been suicidal. As rescuers got to his location, he was seen flashing a light at rescuers to alert them of his location and condition, according to officials.

“It was reported that he said he didn’t want to drown. He did state that he did it on purpose, to drive over the side,” Cpt. Tianaka said.

A witness said the man stopped his car at the cliff’s edge and sat for a while. Then he pushed the gas pedal and drove the car over, Palos Verdes Estates police Sgt. Luke Hellinga said in an interview with the Daily Breeze.

Once the man was rescued, he was airlifted to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He’s reported to be in serious condition. The accident is still under investigation by officials.

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Source: CBS Los Angeles and Daily Breeze

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