Cops Can't Find Senior's Car Dangling Over Cliff

Elderly woman dangled over cliff for a day after CHP called off search.

By Matt Baume
|  Friday, Apr 15, 2011  |  Updated 3:04 PM PDT
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Cops Can't Find Senior's Car Dangling Over Cliff

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death.

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An elderly woman from Bay Point spent an uncomfortable night dangling over a cliff after the first rescue attempt was unable to find her and simply gave up.

It's unclear by the 84-year-old skidded into a tree at the edge of a precipice. Once she had crashed, she couldn't back up or exit the vehicle.

A witness reported the car, but CHP officers were unable to find it. The next day, a second witness reported the accident to firefighters, and they came to the rescue.

At that point, the CHP once again assumed jurisdiction over the case. Although they're not sure what caused the accident, police have recently struggled to keep up with a slew of drunk and distracted drivers.

Santa Rosa police will crack down on drunk drivers this evening, following a rash of deadly crashes on the town's streets. Sonoma police have been pursuing cell-phone drivers, with an average of 100 tickets written every day. The efforts have been successful, with a gradual decrease as the crackdown continued.

The CHP is getting in on the act too, issuing 64 citations in one day in Cupertino alone.

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