Driver nearly joins popular surf lineup in Santa Cruz cliff dive

A woman suffered a minor foot injury Thursday night after driving her car through a metal fence and over the side of a Westside cliff.

The driver, according to police, accidentally accelerated across the grassy field adjacent to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse shortly before 9 p.m., Santa Cruz police Lt. Carter Jones said. The woman’s vehicle landed on a lengthy rocky outcrop about 15 feet down the cliff, a site where surfers often jump from into the Steamer Lane lineup, he said.

Prior to driving off the cliff, the woman had been parked in a Lighthouse Field State Park lot when an unknown stranger mistakenly opened the door to her vehicle and spooked her, police said. The vehicle traveled about 40 feet across the grass before crashing, Jones said. The vehicle was removed from the cliff by a tow truck crane about two hours later, he said.

No arrests or citations were issued related to the incident, Jones said.