Martinez crash victim likely had medical problem

October 25, 2010 2:15:23 PM PDT
A man who was killed in a solo-vehicle crash near Martinez on Sunday has been identified as 58-year-old Martinez resident Steven Turkington, a Contra Costa County deputy coroner said today.

The crash happened at about 11:40 a.m. on Alhambra Valley Road near Deodara Way, California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Maguire said.

Turkington had been driving east on Alhambra Valley Road in a Ford Econoline van when he suddenly veered off the road, crashed through a fence and hit a tree.

A passerby stopped and rendered aid until paramedics arrived, but Turkington died at the scene, Maguire said.

Investigators believe the crash may have been caused by a medical condition. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected.

There were no passengers in the van and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, Maguire said.