Driver who swam away from Bay Bridge crash identified as Richmond woman

Driver who swam away from Bay Bridge crash identified as Richmond woman

The woman who ended up in the water after crashing a stolen car on the Bay Bridge early Wednesday is from Richmond, and the California Highway Patrol is searching for her, according to Bay City News.

Erlynn Kay Sanchez-Edwards, 25, is suspected of being the driver in a solo vehicle crash on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge about 2 a.m.

When CHP officers approached the crash scene, they saw three women standing on the bridge’s bicycle and pedestrian walkway. The women had apparently gotten out of the crashed 2014 Nissan Maxima and climbed over the railing to reach the bridge’s walkway.

As officers approached, Sanchez-Edwards climbed over a second rail on the edge of the bridge and then either jumped or fell into the Bay waters, CHP said. Officers saw her floating until she went under the bridge and they lost sight of her, BCN said.

A search for her in the water was unsuccessful, but some witnesses reported seeing her emerge and later get picked up at the toll plaza by a dump truck driver. Later in the day, officers interviewed the dump truck driver, whose description of the woman matched the description of Sanchez-Edwards.

The truck driver said he dropped Sanchez-Edwards off in San Francisco, but officers have been unable to locate her. The women she was with on the bridge said they didn’t know her well and were released, CHP said.

Investigators later determined the Nissan had been reported stolen out of Los Angeles.