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Woman dies after falling from crashed car into San Bernardino flood-control channel

By in Press Enterprise on December 31, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez

A woman fell to her death in a San Bernardino flood-control channel early Sunday after crashing through a guardrail and opening the door of her precariously leaning car, despite witnesses yelling at her to stay inside, police said.

The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, was driving on East Gilbert Avenue about 12:20 a.m. when she drifted to the side and hit the guardrail over the channel near Canyon Road, just south of Pacific High School, San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden said via email.

The car went partially through the rail and ended up “leaning heavily” toward the driver’s side about 10 feet above the cement-encased channel.

Several people heard or saw the crash and came to see what happened, including a tow truck driver who lives nearby. He was able to hook a cable to the car to keep it from falling into the channel, Madden wrote.

But the onlookers weren’t able to keep her from opening her door and falling in herself. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the crash, Madden wrote.

“Motorists are reminded of the hazards of driving while impaired,” he said. “The results can be deadly.”


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