UPDATE: Alleged driver Danny Lockett Jr. was charged Wednesday with manslaughter and felony evading peace officers in connection with this case. He was additionally charged with having prior convictions for assault, burglary and gun possession.
ORIGINAL POST: Two men in the Nissan Altima that allegedly fled from an Orinda police officer and crashed on Highway 24 Saturday – killing one man and tying up traffic for hours – were identified Monday by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.
In a prepared release, investigators said 20-year-old Lawrence Martin of Oakland died of injuries suffered in the crash. The driver, 20-year-old Danny Lockett of San Francisco, was subsequently arrested for felony evading causing death and a probation violation. He is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility according to the sheriff’s office.
The investigation into the fatal crash, which police say was initiated when Lockett allegedly fled from an approaching Orinda police officer attempting to stop the car for traffic violations shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday, is being conducted by the District Attorney’s Office, Office of the Sheriff and California Highway Patrol.
It was not immediately known why Lockett fled from the traffic stop. Witnesses said the Altima was traveling at approximately 100 mph when it cartwheeled and crashed on Highway 24 across from Orinda BART.
Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.