Driver found shot in head, police say
A man sitting in a white Cadillac at Freedom and Airport boulevards was found with a gunshot wound to the head Saturday afternoon, police said.
Officers got a call about 12:45 p.m. from Watsonville Fire Department firefighters. The firefighters were headed back to the station after a call when they were flagged down by a person who told them the traffic signal had gone through several cycles but the Cadillac hadn't moved, Sgt. Henry Robles said.
Authorities found a man slumped over the wheel with a handgun in his lap, he said.
The man was alive, and was flown to a Santa Clara County trauma center with life-threatening injuries, Robles said.
He is in his early 20s and lives locally, he said
Detectives were still canvassing the area for witnesses and working on the case later Saturday afternoon and Robles said he had not yet received an update on the man's condition.
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Crime Tipline at 831-728-3544 or Detective Charles Bailey at 831-768-3358.
Car lands in creek, Cal Fire reports
A couple escaped injury early Saturday when the driver lost control of a car, which slid down an embankment in the 700 block of Browns Valley Road and landed upside down in Browns Creek, Cal Fire officials
The driver later told firefighters that he landed with his head in the water, Capt. Lawrence Erickson said.
The man and his passenger were able to crawl out a window, according to Erickson.
If they had not been wearing seat belts, they could have been knocked unconscious and drowned, Erickson said.
The couple walked "a pretty good distance" home and the driver returned to the scene a short while later, he said.
Firefighters checked the car with a thermal imaging camera to make sure no one was trapped, Erickson said. They were unable to get an engine to the couple's home because the long, dirt driveway to their home was impassable due to recent rains, Erickson said.
But when the man returned, they determined the couple did not require hospitalization, he said.
The accident occurred about 1:30 a.m. between Redwood Road and Deer Ridge Trail. It was raining and the stretch of road is shaded and can be slippery, Erickson said.