News sources reported that the California Highway Patrol is working to discover the identity of a body killed in a car accident that ignited a grass fire in Crockett Thursday afternoon, and why exactly they crashed.
According to witnesses at the scene, a person driving a Toyota vehicle struck a utility pole near the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline at very high speeds. The vehicle then sped over the side of an embankment and landed several hundred feet below, coming to rest at the bottom of a canyon. The crash sparked a two-alarm grass fire, which firefighters responded to around 12:45pm. Investigators are unsure whether the downed pole or the car actually ignited the fire that scorched about four acres and took a little under two hours to contain.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross said that it could potentially take weeks to identify the body, which suffered extensive burns. Authorities are also unsure whether the person died as a result of the crash or the fire.
Cross stated that no one else was injured in this accident, and the fire never threatened any homes. CHP is continuing to investigate.
As a San Francisco car accident lawyer, it’s sad to hear about this loss of life. My heart goes out to this person and I hope authorities can identify them so that their family can have some closure for this tragic accident. If you’ve been injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another driver, contact a car accident lawyer in your town to learn about your rights in the matter.