2 Cars Drove Off Mountain Road Hours Apart—Both on Purpose

Man tried to kill himself at same spot his girlfriend had earlier that day: cops
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 23, 2017 4:20 PM CST
Tragedy in the Mountains, Then an Attempted Repeat
Tragedy in the San Bernardino Mountains.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Authorities say a man attempted suicide by driving off a California mountain road hours after his girlfriend killed herself in the same way at the same spot. The California Highway Patrol says investigators determined the two vehicles that went over the side of State Route 18 Saturday were related suicide attempts—one of them successful, the AP reports. The CHP said the drivers, both from Riverside, were in a romantic relationship. Forty-five-year-old Jennifer Mae Shipcott died at the scene after her SUV tumbled more than 2,500 feet down the steep hillside near Running Springs. Officials say later that day Shipcott's boyfriend, 42-year-old Paul Chuderski, survived when he drove his pickup off the road, which the Mercury News notes is nicknamed "Rim of the World Highway," at the same spot. The Press-Enterprise newspaper says authorities didn't provide Chuderski's condition Wednesday. (More California stories.)

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