Investigators said on Monday that when an off-road vehicle drove through the parking lot without braking and then fell from a cliff into the rocks below, it killed two women.
California Highway Patrol Officer David de Rutte said the cause of the crash over the weekend is still under investigation. Initial witnesses stated that the car passed a wooden barrier in a large parking area on the Head Trail in Bodega Bay before leaving the cliff.
De Rutte said: “The witness saw the vehicle passing through the parking lot and it has been driving.”
He said investigators are still trying to determine whether the crash was accidental or intentional.
When rescuers landed it on a Toyota SUV, the two women were found dead. The SUV landed on a rock about 100 feet (30 meters) below its roof.
Authorities identified the driver as 64-year-old Maria Teixeira and the passenger as 41-year-old Elizabeth Correia, both of whom were located approximately 100 miles south of the accident site (160 kilometers) Dublin City, Dublin San Francisco Bay Area.
Mercury News Report Relatives and sheriff officials said they were mothers and daughters, both employees of public schools in the Bay Area. Teixeira is the chief custodian of nearby Montevideo Elementary in San Ramon, while Correia is Lydixson Elementary in Pleasanton (Lydiksen Elementary) first grade teacher.
Teixeira’s teacher and former colleague Erin Aitken struggled like many people who knew her to understand the crash.
“She is just a warm, kind person, she is so cheerful and happy. She helped everyone.” Aitken said, recalling the pride of Teixeira’s daughter when she became a teacher. She is the children’s cheerleader. She obviously enjoys being with the children. “
Correia’s biography on the school website says that since 2005, she has been teaching in Pleasanton, where she grew up.
The website said: “She likes teaching, reading, music, art, movies, Disneyland, and spending time with friends and family.”
The accident happened on Saturday because hikers and swimmers flocked to the scenic Pacific Ocean, and during the Easter holiday weekend, the weather was unavailable when the weather was clear.