The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Monday identified the driver who died in a crash on the outskirts of Pleasanton three days earlier as 55-year-old David Davis from Salida, a town in Stanislaus County between Manteca and Modesto.
The circumstances of the crash remain unclear, complicated by the fact it appears Davis' car wasn't discovered for some time after it originally drove off Pleasanton Sunol Road and overturned down an embankment.
It was around 8:15 a.m. Friday when the California Highway Patrol first received a report about a vehicle on its roof about 20 to 30 feet off the road, just south of the Castlewood Drive intersection in unincorporated Pleasanton, not far from Interstate 680, according to CHP Officer Tyler Hahn.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle, a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, on its roof with damage to the front end, suggesting it may have struck one or more trees that line the roadway in that area before it came to a stop, Hahn said. Passersby could not see the car until daylight.
"The vehicle was unable to be seen clearly from the roadway as it was partially covered by foliage and behind a dirt embankment," Hahn said.
It's not clear when the car left the road or how long it was there before it was spotted by a passing motorist, but officers noted that the engine was cold by the time they arrived, according to Hahn.
Davis, the driver and lone occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. What led to the fatal crash remains under investigation, according to Hahn.
"There is no indication about when the collision occurred," Hahn added. "CHP investigators working in conjunction with the coroner are determining if this collision was caused by a medical condition."
Anyone who witnessed the crash or otherwise has information about the incident can contact the Dublin CHP office at 828-0466.