Off-duty S.F. officer killed in Pittsburg crash identified

An off-duty San Francisco sheriff's deputy killed in a three-vehicle crash Friday in Contra Costa County has been identified as 45-year-old Oakley resident Ernest Smith, Jr., a coroner's deputy said today.

The crash also injured two other people, including an off-duty Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy and a 52-year-old Antioch man.

Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee identified the injured Contra Costa Deputy as Kevin Cook, 42. Cook has been with the sheriff's office for two years and is currently assigned to work at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. He was treated for his injuries Friday and released from the hospital a few hours later, Lee said.

Yox said it appears to be a coincidence that the two deputies were involved in the crash.

The crash occurred on eastbound state Highway 4 just west of Bailey Road in an unincorporated area of the county north of Pittsburg at about 8 a.m. Friday.

Smith, who was driving a Saturn sedan, died at the scene. Cook, who was driving a Honda CR-V, apparently lost consciousness and received lacerations. He was treated at John Muir Medical Center. The Antioch resident, who was driving a GMC pickup truck, was also taken to John Muir Medical Center with minor injuries, according to Yox.

Yox said today that CHP investigators were still working todetermine the cause of the crash, but that because of the people involved, it would likely be a couple of weeks before the investigation was complete.

The road was closed for nearly eight hours Friday as investigators collected evidence and diagramed the scene, according to the CHP.

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