A 51-year-old Richmond man died early Saturday morning after his vehicle veered off Highway 4 in Hercules.
The crash happened around 2:01 a.m. on westbound Highway 4, just east of the Willow Avenue exit, according to California Highway Patrol.
It was determined that the victim’s silver Ford Taurus diverted off the roadway, into a metal guard rail, and then into a large metal utility pole.
The Ford overturned onto the grassy embankment just off of the roadway which started a small fire.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but the driver was trapped in the driver seat of the Ford.
Authorities say he was conscious at that time but suffered major injuries.
He was extricated and transported by helicopter to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek where he later died from his injuries.
No other occupants were inside the vehicle.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Coroners Office will release the man’s identity.
It is unknown at this time whether alcohol or drugs are a factor in the crash as it is still under investigation.
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