Man crashes off of Carquinez Bridge, falls to fiery death, during Sunday police chase

CROCKETT — An unidentified man was killed Sunday afternoon after a stolen car he was driving careened off of the Carquinez Bridge and fell more than 100 feet to the ground, authorities said.

As of Monday afternoon, authorities were still working to figure out the man’s name, but his body was so badly burned that it has made identification difficult. He was the only occupant of the car, police said.

According to authorities, the chase started between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, on Interstate 80, heading eastbound. When the man reached the Carquinez Bridge, he failed to negotiate a turn and the car he was driving crashed off the side, bursting into flames as it hit the ground.

Police have not said how fast the car was traveling when it crashed. The car he was driving had been reported stolen, authorities said.

The man’s death is being investigated by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office, which probes all law-enforcement related deaths. At some point, a coroner’s inquest jury will be called to review the circumstances surrounding the crash, and make an official determination as to cause of death.

The California Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

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Author: Nate Gartrell, Rick Hurd