Woman survives for a week after crashing auto off 200-foot cliff

The Monterey County Sheriffs Office spent the last few days searching along Highway 1 for Andrea Hernandez who was reported missing

The Monterey County Sheriffs Office spent the last few days searching along Highway 1 for Andrea Hernandez who was reported missing

A woman spent seven days injured and alone at the bottom of a California cliff after a auto crash.

Angela Hernandez was driving from Portland to Lancaster, near Los Angeles, to visit her sister Isabel when she saw on animal on the road and swerved to avoid it, sending her vehicle plummeting 200ft off a Big Sur cliff on July 6.

Authorities were alerted by a couple who spotted the woman's white Jeep and heard her cries for help Friday evening, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by her sister.

"I just want to thank everybody that helped", said her sister, Isabel Hernandez. It's not going to be an easy recovery.

Ms Hernandez told investigators she had swerved to avoid an animal when she was driving along California's Highway 1, and plunged over the cliff edge.

Andrea Hernandez was rescued at the bottom of a cliff Friday
Monterey County Sheriffs Office Andrea Hernandez was rescued at the bottom of a cliff Friday

Hernandez had been declared missing when she appeared to vanish after CCTV footage captured her at a Carmel gas station on July 6, around 80km (50 miles) north of Highway 1 where she was found.

The California Highway Patrol said she drank water from her car's radiator in order to stay alive.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office handed the investigation off to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office on Thursday after surveillance video from a business showed Hernandez traveling south on Highway 1 into Monterey County. A signal from her cell phone had last been detected last Saturday, but disappeared shortly thereafter. He didn't say if Hernandez had any food, but said she survived by using the radiator hose from the vehicle to divert water from a nearby creek.

'In her accident, she has lost everything.

Hernandez was conscious and breathing when located, and she was safely extricated before being transported to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, according to CHP. "Including her auto, which was her livelihood", she said.

Isabel Hernandez set up a GoFundMe to help with her sister's medical costs and buy her a new auto, which had reached $3,470 of its $6,000 goal by Sunday morning.

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