A Richmond man was killed early Saturday after the silver Ford Taurus he was driving veered off the roadway and crashed on Highway 4 in Hercules, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Contra Costa County coroner’s office identified the victim as Antoine Williams, Sr., 51.
CHP officers responded to a call about a crash and small fire just after 2 a.m. Saturday on westbound HWY-4, just east of the Willow Avenue exit.
Williams was driving a silver Ford Taurus that left the roadway, collided into a metal guard rail and then a large metal utility pole, and then overturned onto the grassy embankment just off the roadway, which caused a small fire, according CHP.
After the fire was extinguished, Williams, who suffered major injuries but was conscious and trapped in the driver’s seat, was extricated and transported by helicopter to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek.
Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, CHP said.
CHP did not immediately know whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash pending an investigation Anyone who witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it are asked to Contra Costa CHP in Martinez, (925) 646-4980.