Jason Cox, a resident of Danville and graduate of Monte Vista High School, died in a solo car crash Saturday morning, Dec. 12, the day after he turned 21.
"At about 7:25 in the morning, Danville police received a call there had been a traffic collision, a solo vehicle accident near Dustin Lane," reported Danville police Lt. Mark Williams. "The solo driver was driving westbound in a Chevy blazer, and for unknown reasons left the road."
The vehicle ended up in Green Valley Creek, and the driver was apparently killed on impact. San Ramon Valley firefighters responded as well, and Mr. Cox was announced dead at the scene.
"At this point it looks like he drove straight off the roadway, launching off the bridge. The vehicle rotated upside down and landed on its roof," said Williams.
An autopsy was performed this morning, said Williams, although it looks so far like Mr. Cox died from internal injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
"There were no skid marks," Williams added, noting that even in rainy conditions there will be some kind of skid marks.
The complete investigation could take up to six weeks, said Williams, as an impact team shoots the scene, takes measurements, interviews people, and recreates the accident as closely as possible. The vehicle will also be examined.
Mr. Cox attended Los Cerros Middle School and graduated from Monte Vista in 2007, where he played varsity baseball. He currently attended Diablo Valley College and was employed by Sports Authority.
He is survived by his parents, Marcia and David Cox of Danville, and numerous aunts and uncles. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 1550 Diablo Road in Danville with a reception to follow. Donations may be made to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation or the Monument Crisis Center in Concord.