July 1, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - An 82-year-old man is dead after
driving his car off the city-owned wharf in Santa Cruz in what
police believe was an accident.
The man, whose name has not been released, had turned into a
parking space Thursday afternoon when he hit the curb, crashed
through a wooden railing and sank in the ocean below.
Police say he may have hit the gas when he meant to hit the
It took rescue divers about 15 minutes to break the windows of
his submerged car and bring him 25 to 30 feet up to the surface. He
was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Authorities say the incident marked the fifth time in 26 years
that a car has driven off the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. The last
death occurred in 1996, when an elderly English man accidentally
crashed his car through the railing.
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