Lincoln City woman dies after driving off cliff

Lincoln City woman dies after driving off cliff

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 6:58 AM

NEWPORT, Ore. -- Oregon State Police are investigating a deadly crash off Highway 101 where an SUV went over the cliff about 3 miles south of Depoe Bay.

"A witness reported seeing a vehicle drive off Highway 101, near milepost 130, through a wide turnout and go off a cliff," said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police. "The vehicle was spotted resting over a hundred feet below on rocks near the surf line."

Driver Adriana Star Ruiz, 23, of Lincoln City, died at the scene.  A helicopter crew hoisted her body out of the wreckage.

Witnesses told police Ruiz was speeding and passed another vehicle before her Saturn Vue veered off the highway at a curve and plunged over the cliff.

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