Vehicle plunges off bluff in Encinitas

Vehicle plunges off bluff in Encinitas
Sheriff’s deputies monitor a scene where a vehicle plunged off a bluff in Encinitas early Saturday morning. Photo by Sue Otto

ENCINITAS — Sheriff’s deputies and emergency crews responded to a call early Saturday morning to a vehicle that had driven off a bluff near 4th and F streets.

The call, according to sheriff Lt. Jim Walker, came in at 6:49 a.m.

Walker said an adult male was driving the vehicle, a four-door Hyundai sedan.

The Medical Examiner’s Office determined the man to be 52-year-old John Harlan.

A press release issued from the Sheriff’s Department on Saturday afternoon said Harlan face-timed his girlfriend saying that he wanted to commit suicide.

An argument between Harlan and his girlfriend ensued and the man said he was going to drive his car off a beach cliff, according to the release.

The vehicle had fallen 80-feet before crashing to the beach.

Harlan was found dead, ejected near the vehicle, Walker explained. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Fire and emergency responders performed CPR on the driver but did not respond to life saving efforts. He was pronounced dead at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas at 7:06 a.m.

This story has been updated since its original posting.

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