Atascadero resident Debra Lopez, 57, recounted Thursday a three-day ordeal that began after she inadvertently drove her truck off Highway 1 south of Ragged Point on Saturday.
Lopez said she was simply enjoying a drive along the coastal route regularly driven by her husband, a former dairy delivery driver, when she took her eyes off the road briefly to put out a cigarette.
After emerging from the truck a day later, Lopez said she prayed and thought of her husband and family worrying about her to motivate her for a two-day trek up the cliff. She climbed about 150 feet to the highway above, where she was picked up by a passing motorist.
Lopez told of the moment she was reunited with her husband of 30 years at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.
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“He said, ‘What the heck happened?’ ” Lopez said. “I told him about the truck, and he says, ‘I don’t care about the truck.’ ”
Lopez remained in the hospital Thursday for treatment of dehydration. She said she hopes to be released Friday and is looking forward to returning home.