LAFAYETTE -- A 28-year-old Concord man was killed Sunday afternoon after his car struck a tree and a utility pole before catching on fire, police said, and the crash's aftermath could have a ripple effect on the morning commute for drivers heading south to Highway 24 and the Lafayette BART station.
Police were responding to reports of reckless driving on Pleasant Hill Road around 1:30 p.m. when they found the crash near Springhill Road, according to Lafayette police Chief Eric Christensen.
The four-door Honda had sheared off the power pole, Christensen said. The driver was transported to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead. A Contra Costa County Coroner's spokesman identified him as Charles Silverman, 28, of Concord.
As of 5:45 p.m., southbound Pleasant Hill Road was closed from Springhill Drive to Stanley Boulevard, Christensen said. Police will continue investigating Sunday night; once their investigation is complete, the tree will be cut down, and then the power pole will have to be replaced.
All that work could spill over into the morning commute, and Pleasant Hill Road is a heavily-used artery for drivers leaving the Lafayette Hills area, Christensen said.
The crash knocked out power to 651 customers, according to PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris, but service was restored to all but 39 customers by 6 p.m., she said. She estimated that service would be restored by about 6 a.m. Monday.