HUNTINGTON BEACH (KTLA) — Authorities pulled a car from the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach Monday morning.
No one was found inside the vehicle or in the water in the area.
A passerby noticed the car around 6:50 a.m. Monday in the shallow water off Pacific Coast Highway just south of Warner Avenue.
The airbags in the car, a white Mitsubishi Lancer, had deployed. Huntington Beach lifeguards and firefighters searched the water, but did not find anyone.
Police believe the car was heading northbound on PCH when it crashed through the guardrail and into the water.
The driver might have fled the scene. It wasn’t clear if the crash happened Sunday evening or in the early morning hours on Monday.
“It’s a narrow strip of the PCH and some people lose control for whatever reason,” said Huntington police Lt. Brian Seitz.
He said it happens several times each year. The wetlands can be very shallow or deep depending on the tide, Seitz said.