By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Sheriff-Coroner David O. Livingston announces that a Coroner’s jury has reached a finding in the July 21, 2018 death of 20-year-old Lawrence Leo Martin IV of Oakland from a crash following a police pursuit in Orinda. The finding of the jury is that the death was an accident.
The Coroner’s jury today reached a unanimous verdict after hearing the testimony of witnesses called by hearing officer Matthew Guichard.
A Coroner’s inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner Livingston convenes in fatal incidents involving peace officers, is a public hearing during which a jury rules on the manner of a person’s death. Jury members can choose from the following four options when making their finding: accident, suicide, natural causes, or at the hands of another person, other than by accident.