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May 21, 2022

Watsonville man, child killed after truck plunges off cliff

SAN MATEO COUNTY—A Watsonville man and a child were killed on April 29 after the pickup they were in plunged off a cliff and into the ocean at Pescadero State Beach in San Mateo County, Cal Fire in San Mateo reported.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel of the Redwood City area, Ipolito Anaya, 39, was driving west on Pescadero Creek Road at an unknown speed in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma around 8:40pm when he failed to slow down at the intersection with Highway 1.

The pickup went through the parking lot of the state beach, then drove off a 30-foot cliff and came to rest upside down partially submerged in the ocean, Montiel said. A coast guard helicopter responded to the scene and searched unsuccessfully for any other occupants.

Anaya was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim, described only as a young female, was also pronounced dead.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday morning was planning to resume the search for a third victim.

The crash is under investigation. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 650-779-7200.

Anaya’s sister Elizabeth Anaya has created a GoFundMe account to help defray funeral expenses. Find it at

Cal Fire/San Mateo County Fire, Coastside Fire, La Honda Fire Brigade, Loma Mar Volunteer Fire, California Highway Patrol, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, California State Parks and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the crash.


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