Second fatal car accident on Highway 4 last week
The Contra Costa CHP announced today, Wednesday, January 4, 2017, they have learned that the male driver from Martinez in the fatal collision on Friday, December 30th which took the life of his 74-year-old female passenger has also died. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. This is still an ongoing investigation.
On Wednesday, December 30th, at about 9:57 am, Contra Costa CHP was advised of a solo vehicle traffic collision at eastbound SR-4 to the southbound I-680 connector. Upon CHP and emergency personnel arrival, the driver (79 year old male from Martinez) and his passenger (a 74 year old female also from Martinez) had both sustained major injuries.
In the initial investigation, it appears that the driver was traveling on eastbound SR-4 and transitioning to the connector ramp to I-680 southbound. For unknown reasons, the driver overshot the I-680 ramp and drove his Chrysler sedan off the roadway and down the dirt embankment and continued to drive until he collided with a concrete divider.
Both the driver and passenger were transported to John Muir hospital in Walnut Creek for major life threatening injuries. While at the hospital, the female passenger succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. The male driver was in critical condition.
Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation and if anyone witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it, please contact Contra Costa CHP.
This was the second fatal accident on Highway 4 last week. The first one occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 28. At about 7:59 PM that night, Contra Costa CHP was advised of a two vehicle traffic collision at westbound SR-4 just east of Port Chicago Highway involving two vehicles with one party trapped inside her overturned vehicle. Upon CHP and emergency personnel arrival, Party 1 (a 60 yr old female from San Jose) was pronounced deceased on scene.
In the initial investigation, it appears that Party 1 was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on SR-4, within the #3 lane, and approaching Party 2 (a 64 year old male from Pittsburg), also in the #3 lane at about 70mph. Party 1 veered into the #4 lane and attempted to pass Party 2 but lost control of her 2001 Toyota Camry and then veered back into the #3 lane and collided with the front of Party 2’s 2012 Toyota Corolla. Both vehicles continued toward the center divider and Party 1’s Camry collided with the center metal guard rail and overturned. Party 1 was partially ejected and subsequently crushed by her own overturned vehicle. Party 2 was uninjured.
It is unknown if alcohol or drugs are a factor in this collision. If anyone witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it, please contact Contra Costa CHP and investigating Officer N. Johnson.