Pittsburg: Solo crash kills driver

PITTSBURG — A person died Thursday after a solo collision on a roadway, authorities said.

According to a police statement, officers responded just before 6:30 pm to a report of the collision in southbound Loveridge Road lanes south of Highway 4.

When they arrived, officers found a vehicle that had hit a tree on the west side of southbound Loveridge lanes. The crash’s force ejected the vehicle’s driver, who was its sole occupant.

According to a preliminary assessment by investigators, who were working to recover footage that may have captured the crash from city surveillance cameras, the car veered off the roadway before striking the tree. Investigators don’t yet know if any related incident preceded the crash.

Police and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters provided emergency life-saving measures to the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver’s identity was not available Thursday night, pending identification from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office coroner’s division.

Loveridge Road was closed for several hours after the crash, but is expected to reopen before Friday morning’s commute, police said.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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