This afternoon at approximately 12:28pm, Contra Costa CHP was advised of a two-vehicle, head-on collision on HWY-4 westbound, just west of Discovery Bay Blvd in Discovery Bay. Upon emergency personnel and CHP arrival, the solo male driver (unidentified adult male at this time) of a 2006 Pontiac sedan was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. The solo adult male driver of the other vehicle involved, a Jeep, thankfully only suffered minor injuries and was not transported. The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office will be handling the release of identity of the deceased male.
In our initial investigation, it appears the male driver of the Pontiac was traveling westbound on HWY-4, just west of Discovery Bay Blvd. According to witnesses, the driver of the Pontiac began driving within the right shoulder of westbound HWY-4 at excessive speeds reported at approximately 100 mph. Witnesses related the Pontiac lost control along the right shoulder dirt area and then veered across the westbound lanes of traffic and into the oncoming eastbound lane where the Jeep driver was traveling. Subsequently the driver of the Pontiac collided head-on into the Jeep, resulting in the death of the Pontiac driver. Thankfully, the male driver of the Jeep only suffered very minor injuries and was not transported. Avoid the area if possible and seek alternate routes as traffic is heavy due to intermittent traffic lanes blocked for this investigation.
At this time, it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision, but this incident is still under investigation. If anyone witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it, please contact Contra Costa CHP in Martinez at (925) 646-4980.