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 November 27, 2018 death of 29-year-old Narayan Raymond Sanwal of El Sobrante. The finding of the jury is that the death is an accident.
The Coroner’s Jury reached a 12-0 verdict after hearing the testimony of witnesses called by the hearing officer, Matthew Guichard.
Sanwal fled from police and crashed his car in San Pablo following a pursuit. (See related article)
A Coroner’s Inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner Livingston convenes in all fatal incidents involving police 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.
The month following his death, Sanwal’s family formed “The Narayan R. Sanwal Charitable Giving Fund which will be making charitable contributions to organizations who help young people in under-served communities in the areas of sports, fitness and educational programs in the Bay Area and beyond.”
Allen Payton contributed to this report.