A passenger died after being ejected from a car that rolled while speeding down Interstate 580 in Livermore, and the driver and another surviving occupant are on the lam after fleeing the freeway in a different vehicle early Sunday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP-Dublin officers are also investigating the possibility that the solo-vehicle wreck -- classified as a fatal hit-and-run -- could have been part of illegal street-racing activities on the freeway.
The dispatch center received reports just after 5:30 p.m. about a burgundy Toyota Camry overturning on I-580 westbound just west of North Livermore Avenue. Initial callers indicated they thought the Camry was racing a tan Chevrolet Camaro, according to the CHP.
Officers arrived within four minutes to find a passenger who had been ejected from the Camry was dead on the freeway, according to the CHP.
"This crash was determined to be a solo hit-and-run, with the driver and a second passenger fleeing the scene in an uninvolved vehicle, which was identified only as a white Suburban or similar type SUV, after self-extricating and walking over to the shoulder," CHP officials said. "Both occupants were reported to have sustained serious head injuries."
The two surviving occupants, who left the scene prior to officers arriving, were both reported to be Hispanic men in their 30s, according to the CHP.
"The CHP is asking for your help in identifying the two parties and the white SUV that fled the scene," officials said. "The CHP is also asking for your help with any information regarding the possibility of street racing prior to the crash."
Anyone with information about the fatal crash can call CHP-Dublin at 925-828-0466.