A passenger died after being ejected from a car speeding down Interstate 580 in Livermore, and the driver and another surviving occupant are on the lam after fleeing the freeway in a different vehicle early Sunday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP-Dublin officers are also investigating the possibility that the solo-vehicle wreck — classified as a fatal hit-and-run — could have been part of illegal street-racing activities on the freeway.
The dispatch center received reports just after 5:30 p.m. about a burgundy Toyota Camry overturning on I-580 westbound just west of North Livermore Avenue. Initial callers indicated they thought the Camry was racing a tan Chevrolet Camaro, according to the CHP.
Officers arrived within four minutes to find a passenger who had been ejected from the Camry was dead on the freeway, according to the CHP.
“This crash was determined to be a solo hit-and-run, with the driver and a second passenger fleeing the scene in an uninvolved vehicle, which was identified only as a white Suburban or similar type SUV, after self-extricating and walking over to the shoulder,” CHP officials said. “Both occupants were reported to have sustained serious head injuries.”