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Pleasanton: Coroner confirms identity of driver who died in fiery I-680 crash last month

67-year-old Pleasanton man succumbed at scene that night

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Tuesday released the identity of the driver killed in a solo-vehicle crash off an Interstate 680 offramp in Pleasanton in mid-August.

(Courtesy CHP)

Pleasanton resident Jong Park, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fiery crash at the southbound Bernal Avenue offramp, according to authorities. His identity had not been initially confirmed due to the extent of the fire-related injuries as well as the lack of personal identification inside the sedan that night.

The crash occurred just before 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 when a Mercedes sedan traveling southbound on I-680 attempted to take the Bernal Avenue exit but failed to negotiate the sharp right turn for unknown reasons, the California Highway Patrol reported at the time.

The car stayed roughly straight instead of taking the turn, went down an embankment and struck a large tree head-on. The impact ignited the Mercedes and surrounding vegetation with Park, the sole occupant, trapped inside the vehicle, according to the CHP. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Pleasanton: Coroner confirms identity of driver who died in fiery I-680 crash last month

67-year-old Pleasanton man succumbed at scene that night

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Uploaded: Tue, Sep 27, 2022, 8:21 pm

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Tuesday released the identity of the driver killed in a solo-vehicle crash off an Interstate 680 offramp in Pleasanton in mid-August.

Pleasanton resident Jong Park, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fiery crash at the southbound Bernal Avenue offramp, according to authorities. His identity had not been initially confirmed due to the extent of the fire-related injuries as well as the lack of personal identification inside the sedan that night.

The crash occurred just before 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 when a Mercedes sedan traveling southbound on I-680 attempted to take the Bernal Avenue exit but failed to negotiate the sharp right turn for unknown reasons, the California Highway Patrol reported at the time.

The car stayed roughly straight instead of taking the turn, went down an embankment and struck a large tree head-on. The impact ignited the Mercedes and surrounding vegetation with Park, the sole occupant, trapped inside the vehicle, according to the CHP. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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