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UPDATE: Yachats – Angry Eugene woman drives car off cliff Saturday at west end of 2nd Street

Right after it happened A'lyce photo

Right after it happened
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Early photo from Sierra Ford

Early photo
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Martha McMillan photo

Martha McMillan photo

Fire/Rescue and Deputy Sheriff and Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick extricate the driver Dennis Temlin photo

Fire/Rescue and Deputy Sheriff and Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick extricate the driver
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Woman is prepared for trip up the cliff to an awaiting ambulance Dennis Temlin photo

Woman is prepared for trip up the cliff to an awaiting ambulance
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Early hook up to the tow truck Glen Weaver photo

Early hook up to the tow truck
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News Lincoln County photo

Car headed straight off of SW 2nd, across the lawn and over the cliff.  Airborne for 150' or more Glen Weaver photo

Car headed straight off of SW 2nd, across the lawn and over the cliff. Airborne for 150′ or more
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Tow truck aims car toward cliff News Lincoln County photo

Tow truck aims car toward cliff
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Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick helps direct the retrieval of the vehicle

Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick helps direct the retrieval of vehicle
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Car back up onto the pavement News Lincoln County photo

Car back up onto the pavement
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What started out as an altercation between a couple at the Underground in Yachats, wound up with a car in the surf off SW 2nd Street in Yachats Saturday evening. The sheriff’s office reports that the Maya Thomas, 41 of Eugene assaulted her boyfriend and another woman at the Underground Restaurant and Tavern. They were ordered outside where the altercation continued. Deputies say Thomas soonafter got into her car and roared down SW 2nd nearly striking several bystanders, crossed over the lawn at SW 2nd and Ocean View (barely missing another car with two adults and two children in it), hit the curb, and went airborne off the cliff for at least 150 feet, crashing down between huge boulders on the beach.

Witnesses say Thomas was still in the car when fire/rescue personnel arrived. One witness said it didn’t appear that she had worn her seat belt because she was lying on the passenger side, partially on the floor of the car. Fire/rescue personnel rushed down and got her out. They transported her back up to the road and into an awaiting ambulance. Officers on scene radioed the ambulance enroute to the hospital that they would be sending an officer to investigate whether Thomas was DUII. Thomas was later transferred to the regional trauma center in Corvallis for treatment of her serious injuries.

Thomas’ vehicle landed in the rocks right after high tide so fire/rescue personnel were able to benefit from receding waters. They finally got the vehicle pulled out of its landing spot and aimed it at the hill. With some fancy maneuvering by the tow truck winch operator, they yanked it back up onto Ocean View.

Deputies say Thomas was cited for drunk driving and that other criminal charges are pending.

Big thanks to the Yachats Community for being Johnny-on-the-spot with photos! I’m sorry I couldn’t get them all up. Many were duplicates. But you’re a great bunch!! Jason Durrett even knocked out a video with his cell phone!

Video from Jason Durrett
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