Mother, 64, and daughter, 41, are killed in front of dozens of people after their SUV plows through a wooden barrier in the parking lot and off California’s 100-foot coastal cliff
- Maria Teixeira, 64, and daughter Elizabeth Correia, 41, died over the weekend
- Witnesses watched their SUV drive through a parking lot without braking before plunging off a cliff at a popular California coastal view
- The vehicle plunged 30 meters before landing on the rocks below, police said
- The cause of the weekend crash is still under investigation, authorities said
Dozens of people on a popular Northern California coast watched as an SUV drove across a parking lot without braking, then plunged off a cliff into the rocks below, killing two women, researchers said Monday.
Authorities identified the driver as Maria Teixeira, 64, and the passenger as her daughter, Elizabeth Correia, 41, both from Dublin City in the San Francisco Bay Area, about 100 miles south of the crash.
The cause of the weekend crash is still being investigated, said California Highway Patrol Officer David de Rutte.
Initial witness statements indicated that the vehicle passed through a wooden barrier in a large parking lot on Bodega Bay’s Head Trail before descending off the cliff.
Authorities identified the driver as Maria Teixeira (left), 64, and the passenger as her daughter, Elizabeth Correia (right), 41, both from Dublin City in the San Francisco Bay Area, approximately 100 miles south of the crash
The cause of the weekend crash is still being investigated, said California Highway Patrol Officer David de Rutte
Bodega Bay firefighters work to secure the crash site after vehicle plunged through a wooden barrier from Bodega Head parking lot in Bodega Bay, California (left)
“Witnesses saw the vehicle driving across the parking lot – and it just kept driving,” said the Rutte. It didn’t stop. There was no acceleration, but no braking either. ‘
Captain Justin Fox of the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District said that by the time firefighters and a deputy sheriff got to the vehicle, the women had died.
Footage from the scene showed their Toyota SUV landed on the rocks about 30 meters lower on the roof.
Teixeira and Correia were both employees of Bay Area public schools, according to family members and sheriff officials.
Teixeira was chief custodian at Montevideo Elementary in nearby San Ramon, and Correia was a first-class teacher at Lydiksen Elementary in Pleasanton.
Correia’s biography on the school’s website said she had been teaching in Pleasanton since 2005, where she grew up.
Teixeira and Correia (pictured together) were both employees of Bay Area public schools, according to family members and sheriff officials.
A long line of Sonoma County Sheriff’s Henry 1 helicopter is used to safely transport rescue personnel down to a beach after the vehicle plummeted from the Bodega Head parking lot in Bodega Bay, California, and landed upside down 30 feet lower on Saturday.
“She loves teaching, reading, music, art, movies, Disneyland, and spending time with friends and family,” says the website.
Investigators were still trying to determine whether the crash was accidental or intentional, De Rutte said.
It happened Saturday when hikers and beachgoers flocked to the scenic view of the Pacific Ocean to take advantage of the clear weather over Easter weekend.
Correia’s stepmother, Liz, shared a message on Facebook saying the family is in ‘shock’ and ‘devastated’.
Teixeira’s son also shared on Facebook, “With a heavy heart, I share my mother, Maria Teixeira and my sister, Elizabeth Correia, both of whom passed away yesterday after being involved in a single car accident in Bodega Bay.”
“There is a hole in my heart that will never be filled now. I am so grateful for them and the time we have shared. They will be a part of me forever. I love you mom and sister. ‘
Bodega’s volunteer fire brigade also shared, “Our thoughts are with the families.”