An otherwise perfect Sunday in Lafayette was marred by two separate but equally high profile incidents, one of them fatal for a well-known Moraga man. Dozens of neighbors witnessed both events and have called with questions about the condition of the persons involved.
Participants in Sunday’s Reservoir Run contacted NEWS24-680 for information on the fate of a Danville runner who collapsed during the race at 8:56 a.m. Contra Costa County Fire Protection District personnel responded and CPR was undertaken, according to Emergency Services Chief Ben Smith, but the fate of the runner – a frequent participant in local races – was not immediately known. He was transported to John Muir Hospital for treatment.
Police and firefighters were called on yet again later in the day as the driver of an SUV apparently suffered some sort of medical event and crashed their car into a tree at Saint Mary’s and Moraga roads at 3:42 p.m. Passersby stopped to assist 64-year-old Roger Poynts, who was unconscious behind the wheel and suffering a laceration to the head. Life-saving procedures were undertaken but Poynts was transported to a local hospital where death was pronounced.
Photo, right: Roger Poynts – the engineer, surveyor and land manager behind a proposed winery project on 84 acres adjacent to Rheem Blvd.
Dozens of people reportedly witnessed both events, and this site fielded inquiries through the day. We’ll have additional details as they become available.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This site is saddened by news of the passing of Mr. Poynts, a friend of this site and its contributors. Our condolences to his family.