Mac Meda people have always cheated death and quite frankly, some we are surprised that they have lived as long as they have.
No doubt, this post is probably one of the luckiest ones.
Back in February 1968, Richard Krug’s friend, Larry Cornellius, asked to borrow his brand new pickup. Richard hesitated, then gave him the keys.
Hours later wondering where his truck was, Larry finally came back and explained his truck was at the bottom of Cave street in one of the most unreal feats of escaping death.
La Jolla Sentinal – Feb 23, 1968:
An unidentified city lifeguard assists one of four persons up the cliff at the caves in La Jolla in the 1300 block of Coast Boulevard late Thursday night after a truck plunged in which four La Jolla youth were riding through a guard rail and fell 200 feet (yes, that is 200 FEET) into five feet of water at the base of the cliff.
Driving the truck was Lawrence Robert Cornellius (17), of 5951 Wavery Ave: Passengers included Roger G Johnson (20) of 6652 Electric St; Wendy Anne Wade (17) of 5734 Abalone Pl; and Maggie Ramirel (16) of 820 Rushville St.
Police said the youths apparently had a flat tire and lost control of the vehicle. The youths had only minor cuts and bruises. A Sentinel staff writer, passing by at the time took the picture.
All four walked away after taking a 200 foot plunge off the cliff. The truck did a 360 flip and landed a perfect 4-wheels in 5 feet of water. If it had been low tide, it would have been history for the four.
Larry was quoted as saying something like, “We just looked at each other after we hit the water … asked if anyone was hurt … then rolled down the windows, got out, and swam to shore …”
Oh yes, forgot, Roger Johnson’s leg was in a cast from previous accident!
Flat Tire? I don’t think so …. a tad shit faced, more likely!
Larry Cornellius died in the early 1970s from a motorcycle accident.
Roger Johnson died in the mid 1990s by substance abuse.
As for the girls … maybe someone can share some light.