Terrifying Video Shows Man Driving Off Cliff With Kids Inside

A terrible story (with an "everyone alive" outcome) is coming out of San Diego where a suicidal man drove his pickup truck off a cliff at alarming speed. His 2 kids were inside and he was trying to take out his children with him during the attempt.

Police got word the father had a gun, was with his children, and suicidal. Police were trying to track him down by his cell phone when a K9 officer saw him speed past. Before he could flip his lights on, the truck sailed off the cliff into the water below.

The security footage of the truck hurtling into the air and careening into the ocean is startling and disturbing.

According to local news (KSWB), the San Diego police K9 handler John Wiese used a rope to lower himself down and free the father and 2 kids from the wreckage. Other officers used the rope to lift the first child to safety. Then a helicopter was used to pick up the father and other child.

Officer Weise spoke to the father during the rescue:
“He said, “I can’t believe we didn’t die,” because he was trying to commit suicide. And then he told me the girls were actually sitting in his lap when he drove over the cliff and no one had seatbelts on,” Weise said. “I couldn’t fathom how they survived.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255.