Two dead after pickup truck plunges into the ocean

The arrow shows the truck's direction of travel before the fatal plunge.

By the Daily Post staff

A man and a girl are dead and rescuers are looking for a third person after a pickup truck plunged into the Pacific Ocean at Pescadero State Beach in San Mateo County.

A 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup was traveling west on Pescadero Creek Road at 8:39 p.m. on Friday (April 29) when it failed to stop at the intersection with Highway 1, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel.

The driver continued westbound through the Pescadero State Beach parking lot and toward the ocean. The pickup drove off a 30-foot cliff and landed upside down, partially submerged in the ocean, Montiel said.

A Coast Guard helicopter responded to the scene but was unable to find any other occupants.

A man, possibly in his 40s, was pronounced dead by paramedics at 9:22 p.m. A girl was found inside the pickup and was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m.

“We have received information that leads us to believe that a third party may have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash,” Montiel said in a statement. “We’ll continue working with the Coast Guard in search of the possible third party.”

The man and girl who were killed were from Freedom, Calif., a town near the Watsonville Municipal Airport in Santa Cruz County.

Montiel warned that the information he was releasing was preliminary and may change as the investigation continues. He said it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.