Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s Truck 1 was struck by a passenger vehicle while blocking I-680 lanes from a previous accident in Walnut Creek at 3:54 a.m. this morning.
A Tesla Model S approaching the scene south of Treat Boulevard crashed into the rear of the fire engine at that time. Crews pronounced the Tesla’s driver, subsequently identified as Genesis Mendoza Martinez, 31, of Pittsburg, dead at the scene with an unidentified passenger extricated and transported to hospital. Four firefighters were also transported for evaluation and damage to the truck was extensive.
It is unclear if drugs or alcohol influence is a factor in this crash, according to the CHP. It could not be immediately determined if the Tesla was being operated with any driver assistance or automation activated at the time of the crash.