Victim identified in fatal Bay Bridge collision

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified a man killed in a fiery drunk driving crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge early Sunday morning as 21-year-old Castro Valley resident Scott Leister.

The driver who allegedly caused the crash, a 22-year-old Fairfield man, did not appear to be injured and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He had allegedly been driving a 2005 Subaru Impreza in excess of 100 mph at about 2:20 a.m. on the lower deck of the bridge when he rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz, the CHP reported.

Both vehicles spun out on impact and slammed into the bridge railing.

The Mercedes came to rest in the No. 2 and 3 lanes. Leister, the left rear passenger, was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP.

The impact caused the Subaru to catch fire, but the driver was able to escape before the car erupted in flames.

There were no reports of injuries to the other two occupants of the Mercedes, a 24-year-old Castro Valley woman who was driving and a 24-year-old male passenger from Oakland.

The collision temporarily reduced eastbound traffic to one lane. The roadway cleared around 5 a.m., according to the CHP.

 

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