John Webb, a longtime athletic director, co-head football coach and "institution" at Kennedy High-Fremont, died Saturday in a crash involving three vehicles on Interstate 680, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol said Webb, 76, was hit by a Toyota Corolla around 1 a.m. after exiting a Corvette and trying to direct traffic. The Corvette had run into a stalled van. Webb was a passenger in the Corvette, the CHP said. Nobody else was injured, the CHP said.
"The irony of this whole thing is that he was doing what he always did," said Pete Michaletos, who coached football at Kennedy for 46 years, the final 25 with Webb as a de facto co-head coach. "He was helping someone out."
Webb was returning with a friend after attending San Jose State's 58-52 triple overtime loss to Navy on Friday night. Webb was an alumni of San Jose State, where he starred as a running back in the 1950s. He also is a member of the school's boxing Hall of Fame.
He retired as Kennedy's A.D. after the 2010-11 school year. He also taught math, English and wood shop and was the school's adviser of student activities. He kept teaching after his retirement as A.D., Principal Edward Velez said.
"He was an institution. We were lucky to have him for as long as we were able to have him," Velez said.
A candlelight vigil will be held in front of the school Tuesday at 6 p.m. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Alec Sundly scored two goals, leading Cal (13-4-2) to a 3-1 win over Bradley (14-7-2) in the second round of the NCAA men's tournament at Goldman Field. The Bears will host Coastal Carolina next Sunday.
Staff writer Rick Hurd contributed to this report.