A drunk driver was thrown from his vehicle after it veered off a rural Yolo County road near Clarksburg went over an embankment and struck a tree, throwing the driver into oleander bushes.The 58-year-old man - who has only been identified as being from Clarksburg - died sometime between 1:30 and 3 a.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol, which was able to piece together the accident based on evidence at the scene.
According to the CHP the man was driving his Toyota Rav4 southbound on South River Road, just south of County Road 141, at an undetermined speed when he suddenly began to drive to the right of the white line separating southbound traffic from the right shoulder of the road.
The investigating officer reported the driver made no attempt to steer the vehicle back onto the road and made no attempt to apply his brakes. The Toyota went off the paved portion of South River Road onto the dirt and grassy shoulder which borders the west side of the road and then went off the embankment and directly toward a tree.
The right front of the Toyota struck the tree, and the driver - who was not wearing a seatbelt - was thrown against the vehicle's airbag and then out of the vehicle.
Off-duty firefighters with the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department later found the man in oleander bushes down the embankment.
The Yolo County Coroner's Office has tentatively reported that the man died of blunt force trauma. A more complete investigation is still under way.