A tourist passing through California's Del Norte County called 911 earlier today (July 31) to report discovering the body of a middle-aged woman lying 300 feet below the Enderts Beach Overlook.
County police and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) subsequently investigated and concluded that the woman, 53 years of age, had apparently driven through a wooden guard-rail located at the Overlook, causing her Jeep Grand Cherokee to plunge to the beach below.
COMMENT: Local media did not disclose any conclusions made by police; this report will be updated as new information becomes available.
An autopsy is scheduled, to include toxicology screening.
Motorists are reminded to ensure to have their vehicles are serviced before driving in areas having elevated terrain.
Additionally, travelers should NOT park in close proximity to cliffs and high-risk terrain and should always employ emergency brakes when parking in such areas.
If driving rental vehicles, drivers should ensure that they can comfortably and safely operate such vehicles before driving in elevated terrain.
Del Norte County is a county located at the far northwest corner of the California on the Pacific, adjacent to the Oregon border. The population is 28,610. The county seat is Crescent City.
The rural county is notable for forests containing giant Coast Redwoods, with some attaining heights well over 350 feet (110 meters).