Update: 10-14, 4 p.m.
The Contra Costa County Coroner's office has identified the body of the victim who died in Saturday's car crash in Oakley as 22-year-old Jose Leon, Jr. of Byron.
UPDATE: 8 a.m.
by Tony Kukulich
Excessive speed is said to have been a factor in a three-vehicle accident that killed a 22-year-old Byron man Saturday night, Oct. 12, on Delta Road in Oakley.
The identity of the man has not yet been released. According to a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. A passenger in the car, a 21-year-old woman from Oakley, was flown from the scene by an air ambulance with moderate injuries. She was treated at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and has since been released. CHP stated that the woman was wearing her seatbelt.
The accident occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Delta Road. CHP’s preliminary investigation indicates that the accident occurred when the driver of a black Infinity travelling at a high rate of speed east on Delta Road attempted to pass the driver of a white Ford pickup that had slowed to make a left turn. The Infiniti moved into the westbound lane, and then collided with the Ford as it began its turn. The Infiniti continued east and struck an unoccupied parked car before coming to a stop.
The driver of the Infiniti was declared dead on the scene. The driver of the Ford, the only occupant of the vehicle, suffered minor injuries and was released from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center after receiving treatment there.
It is unknown if alcohol or drug impairment was a factor in this collision. CHP has requested that any witness to the accident or the events leading up to it, contact them at 925-646-4980.
An East Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesperson has confirmed that a three-vehicle accident in Oakley Saturday night, Oct. 12, has claimed the life of one of those involved.
One additional patient was flown from the scene by an air ambulance. The condition of that victim is unknown. It is also unknown if there are other victims.
Police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the 200 block of Delta Road after the accident was reported just before 11:30 p.m.
This is a developing story. Please check back for more information.