Police said it appeared that Mr Sims' companion, Kathy Hope, 48, had accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake and sent their hired automatic car crashing through a safety fence into the sea. She may have been saved by the fact that she undid her seatbelt and opened her window as she drove into a car park moments before the accident on Tuesday. The couple arrived in the US on 13 June and stopped in Santa Cruz en route to Monterrey.Reuse content
A British tourist is in a coma in a California hospital after spending more than 15 minutes trapped underwater in a car which lurched off a quayside and into the Pacific Ocean. Rescuers struggled to free Nigel Sims, 41, from London, from the wreckage 15 feet under the water off Santa Cruz's Municipal Wharf.