FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man died Monday after he drove past warning signs on a closed portion of Cordelia Road and crashed into two concrete barriers just west of the railroad tracks, police said.
Two passengers from Vallejo were taken to hospitals with serious injuries.
Paul Yamot, 33, died at the hospital from his injuries after the crash, police said. One passenger was able to crawl out of the car. The Fairfield Fire Department had to extricate Yamot and another passenger.
The passengers, a 36-year-old Vallejo woman and a 37-year-old Vallejo man, are being treated for life-threatening injuries but were expected to recover, police said.
Fairfield police and firefighters responded at about 2:50 p.m. to the report of a major traffic accident on Cordelia Road near Hale Ranch Road and found the solo vehicle near the intersection. Sgt. Matt Bloesch said two front-seat air bags deployed.
The initial investigation shows the vehicle, a red 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage, was traveling west on Cordelia Road along a portion of the road that has been closed for the past few months for a construction project. Police said the driver drove past signs warning that the road was closed. Traffic was not affected since the road was closed in the crash area.
Members of the Police Department’s Traffic Unit and Investigations Division are working to determine the cause of the crash. Police at the scene said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash. Police in a Monday night update revised that assessment and said it was not known if speed or alcohol were involved.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Traffic Unit at 428-7524, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
Amy Maginnis-Honey contributed to this report. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.