A mother and daughter died after a car plunged from the edge of a scenic coastal oversight in Northern California over the weekend, dropping 100 feet while nearly 12 spectators watched, officials said.
California Highway Patrol spokesman David Deltte said it’s unclear why 64-year-old Maria Teisheira continued to drive after hitting a barrier at the Trailhead parking lot in Bodega Bay, about 70 miles north of San Francisco. Said.
Thierry Correia’s daughter, Elizabeth Correia, 41, was identified as a passenger in a crash that occurred around 11:00 am on Saturday.
DeRutte said the Toyota SUV was “driving at normal speed” on a large gravel road with no parking space. I was running towards the cliff and couldn’t stop. There was no acceleration or braking. “
The photo from the scene showed an SUV on the roof above the rock below. According to Deltte, eight to ten witnesses saw a deadly plunge.
Authorities are trying to stitch together what happened, he said. A vehicle inspection will need to be performed, and an autopsy will determine if Teisheira was experiencing a medical condition at the time of the crash, Deltte said.
My mother and daughter were from Pleasanton, a suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Mercury News reported Both worked in elementary schools in the area — Correia as a first-year teacher and Thierry as chief caretaker.
A fellow first-year teacher, Tracie Culpepper, described Correia as a compassionate, devoted and natural teacher.
“She was mine and I belonged to her,” Culpeper told the newspaper. “I don’t know what to do without her.”
Mercury News reported in a letter Monday that Montevideo Elementary, the principal of the school where Teisheira worked, called her “equipment in our community.”
“She was able to find on our campus every day doing everything she needed to serve the community. Where there are people, where there are activities, who need help. Wherever she was, Mrs. Maria was happy to help. “