A mom and daughter died after their car plunged off the sting of a scenic coastal overlook in Northern California over the weekend, falling 100 toes as almost a dozen onlookers watched, authorities stated Monday.
California Highway Patrol spokesman David deRutte stated it was unclear why Maria Teixeira, 64, saved driving after she hit a barrier at a trailhead parking zone in Bodega Bay, about 70 miles north of San Francisco.
Teixeira’s daughter, Elizabeth Correia, 41, was recognized because the passenger within the crash that occurred round 11:00 a.m. Saturday.
DeRutte stated their Toyota SUV entered the big, gravel lot with no parking areas and “was driving at a normal speed. It was driving toward the cliff and didn’t stop. There was no acceleration and no braking.”
Photos from the scene confirmed the SUV on its roof on the rocks under. Between eight and 10 witnesses noticed the deadly plunge, deRutte stated.
Authorities are attempting to piece collectively what occurred, he stated. A car inspection must be carried out, and an post-mortem will decide if Teixeira was experiencing a medical situation on the time of the crash, deRutte stated.
The mom and daughter have been from Pleasanton, a San Francisco Bay-area suburb. The San Jose Mercury News reported that each labored at elementary colleges within the space — Correia as a first-grade instructor and Teixeira because the lead custodian.
Fellow first-grade instructor Tracie Culpepper described Correia as a compassionate, devoted and pure instructor.
“She was my person, and I was hers,” Culpepper advised the newspaper. “I don’t know what I’m going to do without her.”
In a letter Monday, the principal of the varsity the place Teixeira labored, Montevideo Elementary, referred to as her a “fixture in our community,” the Mercury News reported.
“She could be found on our campus every day doing whatever needed to be done to serve the community. Wherever there were people, wherever there was an activity, wherever there was someone who needed help, Mrs. Maria was there and willing to help.”