UPDATED with new information at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday:
A twenty-something driver late for class at DVC was apparently traveling at roughly 70 mph down East Branch Parkway in San Ramon Tuesday afternoon when he lost control of his Volkswagen Jetta, struck a tree, tore of the front end off his car and sent the engine flying out into the roadway.
Officers arrived on the scene to find the unidentified driver, remarkably, had escaped with a small bruise/scrape to his forearm.
“Amazing,” said one.
That stretch of East Branch is posted at 40 mph.
It is anticipated the driver will be receiving a citation for a speed violation once the collision investigation is complete, officers said.
It was not known how he explained his tardiness to his instructor.