November 4, 2011 > Traffic death in Newark
Traffic death in Newark
Submitted By Cmdr. Robert Douglas, Newark PD
On today's date at 1409 hrs., Officers of the Newark Police Department responded to a major injury vehicle collision in the 8800 block of Central Ave. Officers arrived on scene to find two male adults trapped inside a two-door Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe.
This vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Central Avenue. The vehicle's driver lost control of the vehicle and crossed over into the opposite direction of the roadway and collided with a tractor-trailer combination that was traveling in the westbound direction.
Alameda County Fire Department personnel responded and extracted the driver and passenger from the vehicle; the driver was transported to a local trauma center via helicopter while the passenger was transported via ambulance. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not suffer any injuries. This collision is alcohol related and the driver was arrested for felony driving under the influence of alcohol.
The driver was later pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin. The condition of the passenger is not known. The investigation is ongoing.