A crash on Deer Valley Road in Antioch has claimed one life and sent two other people to local hospitals. California Highway Patrol responded to the fatal motor vehicle accident only to discover the driver who most likely caused the crash perished in the wreck. Police are not sure whether drugs and/or alcohol were contributing factors in the crash, but the police investigation is ongoing at the time of this report. 

According to preliminary information released by CHP, a 38-year-old man traveling northbound reportedly entered the southbound lanes by crossing over the center line. Police are unsure at this time why the man drifted into oncoming traffic, but the result was a head-on collision with another vehicle. The force of the impact spun the first car around, where it struck a third vehicle. 

The driver of the northbound car was pronounced dead by coroners at the scene. The driver of the struck vehicle was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries, and the driver of the third car was treated for minor injuries only. Police closed the roadway for some time to facilitate their investigation into the crash. So far, they have not determined a definite cause. 

A fatal motor vehicle accident is a tragedy, even if the driver responsible for the crash is among the deceased. In this case, police will determine what caused the man to drift into oncoming traffic before closing the case. California state law allows injured parties to sue for damages in civil court, and a civil claim would benefit from any police evidence pointing to material responsibility for the accident on the part of the deceased driver. 

Source: eastbaytimes.com, “Antioch: Crash kills one on Deer Valley Road,” Aaron Davis, Jan. 25, 2018