A young man from Lathrop was killed in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 580 just beyond the Livermore city limits last week.
The victim was identified as 19-year-old Victor Herrera, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau.
Herrera was a 2019 graduate of Lathrop High School who had been working as an auto detailer, according to a family obituary online. A memorial service, in line with COVID-19 guidelines, is scheduled to be held this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fry Memorial Chapel in Tracy.
The fatal four-vehicle crash unfolded just before 4 p.m. June 4 on eastbound I-580 east of North Livermore Avenue in unincorporated Livermore, according to Officer Tyler Hahn of CHP's Dublin office.
Herrera was behind the wheel of a 2000 Honda Accord driving in the No. 1 lane of I-580 when he apparently failed to notice the two cars directly in front of him come to a stop because of stopped traffic ahead, according to Hahn. Traffic was reportedly stop-and-go at the time.
The Accord slammed directly into the back of a 2013 GMC Terrain at approximately 65 mph, with the Terrain at a complete stop according to witnesses, Hahn said. The force of the crash pushed the Terrain into the back of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.
The driver of a fourth vehicle, a Chrysler Pacifica traveling behind the other three, apparently either failed to notice the collision or was slow to react and crashed into the back of Herrera's Accord, according to Hahn.
Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hahn did not share injury information about the other three drivers, whose names were not released but were identified as a 21-year-old man from Ceres (GMC Terrain), 40-year-old man from Lathrop (Chevy Silverado) and a 64-year-old man from Moraga (Chrysler Pacifica).
CHP continues to investigate the case. "Charges in this collision are still pending as we continue the investigation," Hahn said.
The officer also explained that initial reports of someone fleeing the scene were ultimately incorrect. Several people living in a homeless encampment near the freeway walked up to look at the crash scene but then walked away from the area, causing confusion among some witnesses.