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Man who fatally drove off California highway identified

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Sep 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-17 14:18:41-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — UPDATE: Authorities have identified a man who died after his car plunged off a winding, cliffside road south of San Francisco and landed on a beach more than 200 feet below.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the San Mateo County coroner’s office identified the driver on Thursday as 73-year-old San Francisco resident Anthony Colonnese Jr.

He was the lone person in the vehicle when it went drove off of Highway 1 on Wednesday. He was declared dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The area of steep cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean is known as Devil’s Slide.


A man was killed when his car plunged off a winding, cliffside road south of San Francisco and landed on a beach more than 200 feet (60 meters) below.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Andrews says authorities found the car then used a drone to locate the driver, who had been ejected from the vehicle. He said emergency personnel rappelled down the cliffside and determined the man had died.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

The coastal stretch of Highway 1 is known as Devil's Slide.