On Tuesday night, a car full of friends was driving over the Carquinez Bridge in California before their lives ended in tragedy. The driver, 19-year-old Perla Navarro was two months pregnant at the time of the car crash. A dashcam video showed the moment the car lost control right before it plunged 200 feet off the side of the bridge.
Perla Navarro Lost Control Of Car Before Plummeting Off Of Carquinez Bridge
In the dashcam footage that was posted on YouTube, you can see the SUV veer in and out of lanes right before it nears the concrete barrier on the side of the bridge. The footage cuts to black but what happened next was truly devastating. The California Highway Patrol is currently using dashcam footage from multiple cars as evidence. The car fell off the side of the bridge and plunged nearly 15 stories before landing on a stationary freight train. Inside of the car with Navarro was 19-year-old Kyle Erickson, 21-year-old Christopher Mata and 22-year-old Cecilia Ayala. They were all killed on impact. “I’m not going to be able to talk to her or see her walk through the door, or hold my grandbaby,” said Navarro’s mother after the accident.
Navarro just graduated high school from Golden Gate Community School in Rodeo. She was planning on studying psychology and taking more college classes with her baby on the way. Her family set up a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses. The family wrote “Her dream was to go to college to be able to open a psychiatric clinic that specialized in helping at-risk youth. With her own little one on the way, Perla had so many hopes and dreams that we will never get to see her live through.” The fundraiser has already raised over $13,000 of its $15,000 goal. They also posted several photos of Navarro’s recent graduation celebration. Ayala’s friend also set up a fundraiser for her and wrote “her soul shined so bright and that she was an incredible human being that had nothing but kindness in her heart.”
Three Car Accidents Already Occurred In This Same Spot This Year
It is not yet known what the cause of the crash was. However, this is the third time a car has gotten into a collision and went over the concrete barrier on the Carquinez Bridge. This calls attention to the fact that a bigger barrier may need to be put in place to prevent further accidents from happening.
A thorough investigation is currently being conducted to determine exactly what happened to cause the car to plummet over the barrier.
“We’re not sure what the cause was. We don’t know if it was due to high speed or related to traffic issues,” said Solano County Officer David Harvey of the car crash.