FAIRFIELD — A single-vehicle rollover accident on Lopes Road in rural Fairfield left a man dead Thursday night.
The California Highway Patrol responded to a call of a vehicle rollover around 9:35 p.m. Emergency crews arrived to find the driver of a charcoal gray Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck laying face down in the middle of the roadway.
The driver, a 25-year-old Fairfield man, was dead when emergency workers reached him. CHP Officer Mike Paulson said the high-speed crash was alcohol-related.
“There’s alcohol all over in the vehicle,” Paulson said, adding that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt.
The CHP’s preliminary investigation showed that the truck was headed northbound on Lopes Road about a mile south of Marshview Road.
Paulson said it appeared that the driver was going very fast – he didn’t give an estimated speed – when the truck veered across the southbound lane and onto the embankment.
“He goes up the embankment, comes down, rolls over and gets ejected and becomes face down,” Paulson said.
He later said that it looked like the truck may have rolled at least three times.
The violence of the crash sheared off both passenger-side wheels and left a debris field of about 100 yards on the road and embankment.
“It looks like, as he comes down, he flips over, tries to overcorrect and at some point during the rollover he was ejected,” Paulson said. “He didn’t suffer too bad.”
Because the truck went onto the embankment, it’s hard to estimate the vehicle’s speed, Paulson said.
“If we had skid marks, we could kind of look at how thick the tread mark is and we could kind of look at that,” he said.
The driver’s name was not released pending notification of family.
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