Man survives 200-foot crash after driving SUV off Sonoma Coast cliff

16 November 2020

A 59-year-old man survived after driving his SUV off a 200-foot cliff on the Sonoma Coast on Sunday north of Jenner.

The driver, who is not from Sonoma County, sustained moderate injuries after careening off Highway 1 and down onto Driftwood Beach, about a half mile north of River’s End restaurant.

The man’s blue Ford Edge came to rest upside down in a crumpled heap about 12:50 p.m., and first responders were surprised to find the man had pulled himself from the wreckage. The crash did not appear to be an accident, they said.

“When we got there, he was walking along the beach,” Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman said, adding that the man was wobbly and combative with first responders.

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