A Riverbank man was killed in a solo vehicle accident along Santa Fe Avenue outside Escalon late night Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The crash was reported shortly before 11:30 p.m., according to authorities, with the accident occurring along Santa Fe near Hall Avenue. According to the CHP report, a 2005 Mini Cooper driven by a man identified as Jose Calderon, 46, of Riverbank was southbound when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle left the side of the roadway and went down a small dirt embankment. The vehicle rolled over several times, the Stockton CHP report indicated, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.
The Mini Cooper came to rest on its roof and subsequently burst into flames, also catching some nearby grass on fire. With the accident scene being in San Joaquin County, the Escalon Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. Officials there said they were able to extinguish the flames, which covered about an eighth of an acre, and found the deceased male driver a short distance from the vehicle.
“The victim was found about 20 to 30 yards away from the car,” said Escalon Fire Department Battalion Chief Terry Pinheiro. “He was determined to be the only occupant of the vehicle.”
Authorities with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department said Calderon was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.