Repairs Continue at Site of Fatal Lafayette Accident

Update: Concord man dies in Sunday afternoon rollover accident at Pleasant Hill and Springhill roads. Car shears pole, knocks out power and affects Pleasant Hill Road commute.

Update: 5:20 p.m. Monday, A PG&E crew worked on a pole damaged in the Sunday accident. One of two southbound lanes remained coned off at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

A single-vehicle, fatal accident Sunday afternoon in which a four-door Honda sheared a power pole may affect the morning commute on Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette, near Springhill Elementary School and Acalanes High School.

The single vehicle struck a power pole, rolled over and caught fire at Springhill Road and Pleasant Hill roads at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The sheriff's office and Lafayette police are investigating the incident. A coroner's spokesman identified the victim as Charles Silverman, 28, of Concord, the Contra Costa Times reported.

On Sunday evening and expected to continue through the night, street lights were out at the intersection and traffic was being diverted from southbound lanes of Pleasant Hill Road south of Springhill Road with a long detour over the hill and onto Geary Road. A PG&E truck was on the scene Sunday night.

On Sunday afternoon, PGE reported the crash knocked out power to 651 customers but power was restored to most by 6 p.m., the Times reported.

Thanks to Patch reader Larry Zulch for sending in photos from the scene.

Jaime T October 10, 2012 at 02:15 AM
He was a loving man who touched many peoples hearts and was taken away from us too early in life. Reading what witness saw breaks my heart even more because that was not him! It's so out of the ordinary, like his Uncle said why wasn't he watching the game! Nothing adds up.... It's unfortunate that we will never know what truly happened on that tragic day... Charles you will forever be in our hearts!
c5 October 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
i don't understand why there is no more information on exactly what happened here and why. this is not a spot where accidents normally occur, nor is it one where excessive speeds are ever seen. this make no sense to me.
CLZ October 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
God Bless your family and I am sorry for your loss. I hope you find answers to this terrible tragedy.
Sally October 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I live fairly close to the accident site. I want to reiterate CLZ's comment. God Bless your family and I am so sorry for your loss. Reading Charles' obituary tells me he was a special person. You may never know what caused this tragedy but focus on positive memories.
CNET Activist December 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
On July 20th 2011 while turning left from Deer Hill to 1st Ave someone ran me into oncoming traffic - it was deliberate - the cheif told it's unfortunate we're not to to do a report - screw you - my suspects all live in Poets Corners here are my accidents http://contracostawatch.blogspot.com/#!/2012/12/the-southbound-680-speed-killer-missed.html arson - http://contracostawatch.blogspot.com/#!/2012/12/srvfpd-san-ramon-valley-letters.html if anyone has information on this accident please contact me via patch


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