CLEVELAND-- Memorial Day weekend turns tragic at Perkins Beach at Edgewater Park in Cleveland after a car goes over the cliff killing an 88-year-old woman and sending her daughter to the hospital.
According to Christopher Harris with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, the victim has been identified as Edith J. Pandur of Medina.
The incident happened around 1:30 Sunday afternoon when a car with a mother and daughter inside suddenly went over the cliff.
"I was walking on the beach down there with my family and a guy was talking real loud about an accident over here. A car went over the cliff; he pointed this way," said Harold Forsythe of Cleveland.
The car tumbled 50 feet.
"The car stopped. There were some big boulders on the bottom. The car flipped and was stopped by some boulders before it went into the water," said Brent Collins, Assistant Fire Chief for the city of Cleveland.
Pandur died at the scene; her daughter was rescued from the car, transported by boat to a local marina and then transported to a nearby hospital.
"The daughter's arm was caught underneath the dashboard. There were some other problems we had with her and we were in constant contact with her," Collins said.
Officials do not know who was driving the car at the time of the accident and it's too early to determine if drugs or alcohol played a role.
It's also unclear if one of the females stepped on the accelerator while the car was parked near the edge of the cliff.
"We don't know that. We are not sure how this happened. About one year ago to the date, we had somebody commit suicide by going over this, this same area here," said Collins.
Nearby beachgoers enjoying their Memorial Day weekend were stunned to see the car and hear the news.
"Very scary to see,” said Heather Forsythe. “Makes me worried because my son's about to drive in six months."
"I think it's crazy. I think it's sad and surprising,” said Ebony Lopez of Cleveland. “I didn't expect to hear this today, especially Memorial Day weekend."
The crash remains under investigation and officials tell FOX 8 that the Metropark Rangers plan on putting up a barricade in the next day or two where the crash occurred.
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