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Father reported to be suicidal and 2 kids hurt when pickup goes over the edge at Sunset Cliffs, police say

A pickup is upside down in the water after going over the edge at Sunset Cliffs with a man and his two young children inside.
The wreckage of a pickup is upside down in the water after going over the edge at Sunset Cliffs on June 13 with a father and his two young children inside.
(Jim Grant)

Two-year-old siblings were injured the morning of June 13 when a pickup truck driven by their father, who reportedly was suicidal, went over the edge at Sunset Cliffs, according to San Diego police.

The man’s wife called the county Sheriff’s Department around 4:30 a.m. reporting that the father had taken off with the children with plans to drive over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, authorities said.

A sheriff’s dispatcher notified San Diego police and put out a description of the vehicle and family. An officer located the pickup on Hill Street near Cornish Drive, but the vehicle sped up and went over the cliffs a few blocks away, police said.

The pickup landed about 50 feet below.

Crews recover the wreckage of a pickup that crashed over the edge of Sunset Cliffs
Crews recover the wreckage of a pickup that went over the edge at Sunset Cliffs. A father who was reportedly suicidal and his two young children were injured in the crash.
(Jim Grant)

The father and one of the children were able to get out of the wreckage, which was upside down in the water, while the other child had to be rescued, police said.

All three were taken to hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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