Woman Survives In Her Car For 7 Days After Going Over A Cliff
Angela Hernandez, 23, was driving her Jeep Patriot along Highway 1 from Portland to Lancaster in Southern California on July 6 when her SUV went over the edge of a cliff.
At approximately 10 p.m. on July 5th, she texted her family saying she was tired and would be sleeping in her car in a parking lot in Half Moon Bay. At 8 a.m. the following morning, Hernandez messaged her family that she was setting out again, however no other calls or texts were received after this message was sent.
We are trying to help a family find Angela Hernandez, a 23 year old from the Portland area. She was traveling from Oregon to Southern California to visit family when the family suddenly stopped hearing from her. She was last heard from in HMB and is driving a wht Jeep. More on FB pic.twitter.com/68usKkEK3w
— San Mateo County S.O (@SMCSheriff) July 9, 2018
Law enforcement were notified and began looking for Hernandez on July 6th, and spotted her Jeep Patriot passing through Monterey County at approximately 9:30 a.m. on July 6th thanks to a business’s security camera. Further searches were conducted however due to heavy fog, searches from the air became almost impossible.
A week after Hernandez went missing, two people walking along the cliff where her SUV went off – Big Sur – saw wreckage at the bottom and notified authorities. John Thornburg, with the sheriff’s office in Monterey County, said the vehicle was 200-250 feet from the top of the cliff, and was partially submerged.
Hernandez somehow survived the fall in her SUV, and lived in there for a week using her radiator’s hose to siphon water from a nearby creek. She has since been rescued and is said to be in a fair condition. It is believed that she suffered a concussion during the crash, and was transported to a nearby hospital via helicopter.
Angela’s sister, Isabel, posted on Facebook saying;
“My sister survived seven days alone 200ft (61) down a cliff on HW1. This is very traumatic and will be a slow recovery process. My sister is alive, she’s talking, and she’s still trying to come to understanding everything. She’s a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to. It’s not going to be an easy recovery. In her accident, she has lost everything. Including her car, which was her livelihood.”