Two men were killed in a fiery, solo-car crash on Fallon Road in Dublin during the early-morning hours on Independence Day, according to Dublin Police Services.
The driver who died was identified as Dr. Ethan Sellers, 29, of Walnut Creek. Sellers, just last month, completed a family medicine residency program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, according to a family obituary online.
His sole passenger, who was also pronounced dead at the scene, was identified as Matt McEnerney, a 35-year-old Dublin resident. McEnerney was working in marketing for SAP and coached for years with the Danville Crushers baseball program, according to his obituary online.
The cause of the Fourth of July crash that claimed the lives of both men remains under investigation, according to Dublin police Capt. Nate Schmidt. "We are still actively working the accident investigation and don't want to put out any causes or speed until it is complete," Schmidt told the Weekly on Tuesday.
The fatal crash unfolded around 1:45 a.m. July 4 near the intersection of Fallon Road and Antone Way, not far from Dublin Ranch Golf Course, according to Schmidt.
Emergency responders arrived to find a Mazda Miata engulfed in flames up against a light pole in the center divider and two occupants unconscious inside the car, Schmidt said.
Dublin police and Alameda County Fire Department personnel immediately worked to get the two occupants out of the car, but both men succumbed to their injuries, according to the captain.
A cause has not been determined, but initial evidence indicates the Miata was speeding southbound on Fallon Road when it veered off the roadway and hit the light pole, Schmidt said, adding that it was unclear whether drugs or alcohol were factors.
Police closed Fallon Road from Antone Way to Gleason Drive well into the afternoon on July 4 during the investigation and advised motorists to stay away from the area and take Tassajara Road as an alternate route.
A celebration of life for Sellers was set to be held Tuesday at the Kaiser hospital in Vallejo. A memorial service for McEnerney, who is survived by wife Becca and family dog Dakota, is scheduled for this Saturday (July 13) at 10 a.m. at CrossWinds Church in Livermore.