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A Stranger Opened Her Car Door. She Drove Off a Cliff

Woman suffers only minor injuries in California accident
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2021 12:40 AM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2021 1:50 PM CDT
A Stranger Opened Her Car Door. She Drove Off a Cliff
The Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse in Santa Cruz.   (Getty Images / SpVVK)

(Newser) – As a woman sat in her car in Santa Cruz, California's Lighthouse Point parking lot Thursday night, overlooking Monterey Bay, a stranger suddenly opened her passenger door. Startled and scared, the woman accelerated right off the cliff, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Miraculously, rescuers located her and she had suffered only a minor foot injury. As for the person who tried to get in her car, police say the whole thing was an accident: The person was parked next to the woman, their cars were similar in model and color, and in the dark, the person thought they were getting in their own car.

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The woman's car went across a grassy field, through a metal fence, and 15 feet down the cliff at the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, landing on a stone outcropping; the Santa Cruz Sentinel has a picture of it being hoisted back up. No one else was injured, and no arrests or citations were issued. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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