Solo crash sends car into Bay in Point Richmond

Solo crash sends car into Bay in Point Richmond
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Drinking and driving apparently caused this vehicle to end up in the Bay in Point Richmond, but alcohol doesn’t appear to be involved, according to police.

At 12:55 p.m., officers responded to Waterline Place on a report of a vehicle in the water, police said. Officers found the driver of the vehicle standing on the Bay Trail in good condition.

“The driver stated he attempted to park his car in the parking lot near the waterfront homes when he decided to take a  drink of soda,” police said.  “The soda caused him to choke on the fluid. While doing so, he accidentally stepped on the accelerator.” 

The vehicle “drove onto the sidewalk, collided with a light pole, continued across the Bay Trail, and down a six-foot embankment  to the shoreline,” police said.
The driver and his dogs exited the vehicle safely.
“There were no signs of intoxication present,” police said.

A reader tipped us off to this story, providing these photos from the scene. He said he spoke with the driver after the incident and received a different version of what caused the crash.

“When I asked him how it happened, he replied ‘I saw leprechauns,'” said the reader, who wished to remain anonymous.

Solo crash sends car into Bay in Point Richmond