by the Left Coast Rebel
This is one of the most bizarre stories to cross my desk in a long time. The precise location that San Diego Chargers former star launched his Cadillac Escalade off a cliff (and is lucky to be alive) is where a friend and I go surfing often - Solamar beach, Carlsbad. It is also shocking that Junior Seau survived the car accident/launch off the cliff. Check out the photos to see why.
Here is a photo of the tire tracks from Junior Seau's Cadillac Escalade where it went off the cliff:
Former Chargers superstar Junior Seau's tire marks from his Cadillac Escalade left before he drove his cliff off a cliff in Carlsbad, CA. Image c/0 NCTimes.
Here is where Junior Seau's Escalade ended up after launching off the cliff. Like I said, it is amazing that he suffered only minor inuries and is still alive:
Junior Seau's Cadillac Escalade on the beach where it landed after Seau launched his car off a cliff in Carlsbad, California. Image c/o SignOnSanDiego.
Here is a picture of Junior Seau's Cadillac Escalade being towed/pulled up from the cliff:
Junior Seau's car is pulled up from the bottom of a cliff in Carlsbad Monday morning.
Picture of Seau's car c/o SignOnSanDiego.
NCTimes reports on the details behind the story:
Former NFL superstar Junior Seau crashed his sport utility vehicle off a cliff in Carlsbad early Monday, police said, hours after being arrested on domestic violence allegations.
Seau's white Cadillac Escalade veered off a straight stretch of roadway about 8:40 a.m. near Carlsbad Boulevard and Solamar Drive and landed on the beach below. Seau was the only person in the car, said Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain.
Seau was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, with only scrapes and minor injuries, police said.
Cain said there was no signs of drugs or alcohol. "At this point, it doesn't appear that there was any of that involved."
Carlsbad resident Murray "Moose" Lee said he witnessed the crash and was standing just north of where the SUV left the road in a spot where there is no guard rail. At 10:45 a.m., tracks were still visible in the sand leading to the cliff edge.
"It went whipping right by me," he said. "It didn't even look real."
Lee said he watched from above as lifeguards removed Seau from the vehicle.
"I known Junior; I've met him many times and he always seemed like a nice guy," Lee said. "I mean he's Junior Seau --- he's a town hero."
Hours earlier, Seau was arrested after police were called to his home on South Strand in Oceanside about 10:15 p.m. to investigate after a report of a domestic violence, said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.
Seau wasn't home when police arrived, but his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend told officers that Seau assaulted her during an argument. She reportedly sustained minor injuries that did not require medical treatment, police said.
Seau called the home while police were there, spoke to officers and agreed to return to the house. He was arrested shortly after midnight and booked into Vista jail on suspicion of spousal assault with injury, a felony, Mata said. He was released after posting bail.
Seau, 41, is a 1986 graduate of Oceanside High School. A first-round draft pick by the Chargers, he spent 13 seasons playing for the Bolts. A 12-time Pro Bowl selection with the Chargers, Seau went on to play for the Miami Dolphins and last played in 2009 for the New England Patriots.
In 1991, Seau created the Seau Foundation that raises money for drug-awareness and educational opportunities for young people throughout San Diego County.
Saturday morning, Seau was one of six Oceanside High School alumni inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. During his acceptance speech, he thanked everyone at the school ---- from the coaches and teachers who guided him to school cafeteria workers who looked the other way when he went back for seconds and thirds.
"They taught me how to give unconditionally. We had love," Seau said. "I'm proud to be a Pirate. The world cannot teach us what I learned on this campus."
Seau ended his speech by singing the school's alma mater, then apologized for having to leave the ceremony early because his daughter had a volleyball game and "I'm in charge of the cooler."