Eerie underwater footage shows car on the bottom of the ocean after it mysteriously drove off end of a 650ft Virginia pier – as new video shows horrifying moment driver almost runs down a pedestrian before ‘suicide bid’

Shocking new footage shows the moment a car nearly wiped out a pedestrian before driving off the end of a pier in Virginia in a suspected suicide bid.

The video shows the vehicle speeding across the sidewalk before crashing through the barriers and plunging into the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach on Saturday morning.

It comes as sonar imaging released on Monday shows the wreckage at the bottom of the sea as rescuers battle bad weather to try and recover it.

Meanwhile, an eerie underwater clip of the crash site has been shared by police as they continue to investigate.

Horrific cell phone footage first emerged Sunday of the car speeding down 14th Street Fishing Pier before flipping over the edge and into the ocean.

It sparked horror across the country and mystery as police admitted they did not know whether the driver had escaped or died inside.

In the dawn a silhouette can be seen walking along a footpath just as the SUV screams past, first crossing a cycle path and then onto the wooden promenade of the pier

In the dawn a silhouette can be seen walking along a footpath just as the SUV screams past, first crossing a cycle path and then onto the wooden promenade of the pier

A sonar image provided by Virginia Beach police shows the car lying on its roof in 20 feet of water

A sonar image provided by Virginia Beach police shows the car lying on its roof in 20 feet of water

Harrowing underwater footage released by Virginia Beach police shows the car driven off a 650-foot pier and lying on the ocean floor

Harrowing underwater footage released by Virginia Beach police shows the car driven off a 650-foot pier and lying on the ocean floor

The taillights of the car were visible as it drove down the pier early Saturday morning

The new footage shows a silhouette walking along a footpath as the SUV screeches past, first crossing a cycle path and then onto the boardwalk of the pier.

It then disappears out of sight, before being hurtled down the pier – causing widespread destruction – and over the edge.

On Monday, video shot by divers with an ROV showed them reaching the vehicle, currently upside down on the ocean floor in about 20 feet of water.

The water was too murky and the sea too rough to obtain any distinguishing features of the vehicle such as the number plate or who might be inside.

The car plunged into the sea at around 6.50am on Saturday morning when the vehicle crashed through three barriers before careening down the length of the 650ft pier.

The vehicle braked briefly before plunging through the wooden balustrade at the end of the pier and straight over the edge into the sea.

A woman standing on the beach caught the incident on camera when she heard a loud bang and started filming.

The red SUV can be seen crossing a bike path before going directly onto the boardwalk

The car makes no attempt to stop with a pedestrian just feet away from being hit

Virginia Beach Fire Department was on the scene within four minutes and sent a diver into the water to investigate and rescue anyone in the car.

When the police department was on the scene, the divers had already been pulled from the water.

Police are now working to recover the car and any occupants, but said they still don’t know how many people were inside.

“No one wants to bring resolution to this more than we do,” said Sgt. Brian Ricardo with VBPD Special Operations said. “We’re as frustrated as everyone else that we can’t get in the water, and we can’t do anything to move it forward.”

Officers used side scan sonar to search for the vehicle which was immediately located on sonar.

The car is on its roof and is unstable, moving around in the rough current.

At one point the car appeared to brake suddenly before going over the edge and into the sea

The car can then be seen plunging into the sea and smashing through the last balustrade

The car can then be seen plunging into the sea and smashing through the last balustrade

“The car is unstable,” said Sgt. Ricardo. “The fear for us is not that it will float, but that one of the divers will get entangled in the car.”

“Strong currents and extremely low visibility made it too dangerous for divers to safely navigate and assess the area, especially near a submerged SUV rocking on its roof in the turbulent current,” police tweeted Monday.

Water temperatures are said to be around the mid-40s.

Witnesses said the car turned at speed from Atlantic Avenue onto the boardwalk and crashed through the first set of barriers on the pier.

In a series of tweets Monday, the police department outlined their intentions going forward.

‘The goal of this mission remains to safely recover the vehicle, reunite any and all occupants with their loved ones and maintain the integrity of all evidence.

The car broke through three barriers to reach the end of the pier

The car broke through three barriers to reach the end of the pier

Police are investigating the scene at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier where a car crashed through a gate on the pier early Saturday in Virginia Beach

Police are investigating the scene at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier where a car drove through a gate on the pier early Saturday morning in Virginia Beach.

People stand where a car drove through a gate at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

People stand where a car drove through a gate at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

The car continued down the pier and eventually drove off the point into the water at the sea front

The car continued down the pier and eventually drove off the point into the water at the sea front

Police received a call at around 6.50am on Saturday, but challenging sea conditions mean it has yet to be recovered

Police received a call at around 6.50am on Saturday, but challenging sea conditions mean it has yet to be recovered

‘We appreciate our community’s concern about this incident. This is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to share updates as we can. We are working diligently to bring closure to those affected by our investigation and recovery process.

VBPD’s divers are trained in water rescue and not underwater recovery.

Instead, the department brought in a team of rescue divers, with specific skills and equipment, trained in the recovery of sunken objects, was brought in to recover the SUV sitting on its roof.

Deteriorating weather and sea conditions prevented VBPD from diving into the water on Saturday.

Divers from Crofton Industries were hired to assist in the recovery effort.

The company has the right experience and equipment to rescue objects from the seabed.

After being on the scene for much of the afternoon, the rough seas eventually broke chains and mooring lines used in the recovery, meaning the dive team will have to try again later in the week.

“I can understand people’s frustrations,” said Sgt. Ricardo said. ‘But to tell you how dangerous it was, they broke two bridles that hold their cranes in place and they broke a mooring line from the crane on their submarine.

The pier remained closed Monday while police conducted their investigation

The pier remained closed Monday while police conducted their investigation

Some of the damaged barriers are seen on the ground at the entrance to the pier

Some of the damaged barriers are seen on the ground at the entrance to the pier

Teams of investigators could be gathered at the end of the pier on Monday

Teams of investigators could be gathered at the end of the pier on Monday

Some parts of the pier were damaged as the car smashed through everything in its path

Some parts of the pier were damaged as the car smashed through everything in its path

Virginia Beach police are seen on the pier conducting an investigation

Virginia Beach police are seen on the pier conducting an investigation

The pier is 650 feet long and the water at the end is about 15 feet deep.  Water temperatures are around the mid-40s

The pier is 650 feet long and the water at the end is about 15 feet deep. Water temperatures are around the mid-40s

“Because it’s a crime scene, we want to leave (the car) encapsulated as well as possible because if we open that portal to the ocean, we’re going to lose evidence,” Ricardo explained.

The next attempt to save the vehicle will probably be this Thursday or Friday.

One of the women who caught the incident on camera, Kaylynn Crawford, recounts GOLDEN: ‘We first saw that it was going very fast. We thought it was just going to go for it.

“But toward the end, the car started to slow down, and it kind of looked like it was almost wobbly at the end. Then all of a sudden it just fell over the pier.’

Charlotte Murphy, who works at a seafood restaurant on the pier, told the outlet: ‘They went through three gates which are quite crazy and they are really, really strong gates. It’s really crazy to think about.

“When I came down here, I was like, ‘Holy cow, that’s the craziest thing I’ve heard in a long, long time.’