Driver Survives Freefall From Cliff

    Two cars at the bottom of a remote mountain are recovered in Castaic, Calif., Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 .    David Lavau, whose car had plunged 200 feet off a remote mountain road, was found yesterday by his three adult children, who had enlisted the help of a missing persons detective. Lavau suffered multiple rib fractures, a broken arm and multiple fractures in his back.  While he was being rescued, another vehicle was found nearby, its driver dead. Authorities don't know if that vehicle was involved in a collision with Lavau's car, or if it was a separate accident. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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    Nearly a week after his car plunged 200 feet off a cliff, a 67-year-old man was found alive on the scene in a remote area north of Los Angeles. An L.A. detective helped the man's family track him down by tracing text messages and debit card purchases. The survivor, David LaVau, was in serious condition on Friday morning and taken to a hospital. Another vehicle was found nearby, and police identified the dead driver as an 88-year-old man who was apparently on his way to a San Diego casino and had been reported missing last month.

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