CHP officers measuring Silverado Trail

At about 11:30 a.m., Monday, CHP officers were measuring distances on Silverado Trail, to document where a vehicle went off the road, just south of Pratt Avenue. The driver, whose name has not yet been released, was killed in the single-vehicle accident. Silverado Trail was open by 12:30 p.m.

A 25-year-old Calistoga man was discovered dead in his car Monday morning after driving off Silverado Trail near St. Helena Saturday morning while on his way home from work, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The motorist, whose identity has not yet been released, was found around 9 a.m. by a coworker who searched the area Monday and found the wreckage 30 feet down an embankment where it had struck a tree, the CHP reported.

Coworkers had become concerned when the worker failed to show up at work Saturday afternoon. They reported him missing to the Napa County Sheriff's Office, the CHP said.

The man, driving a 2012 Volkswagen, had last been seen leaving work at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The crash occurred about 2:40 a.m. on Silverado south of Pratt Avenue, the CHP estimated.

For unknown reasons, the driver veered to the left and across the southbound lane, colliding into a guardrail on the west shoulder, the CHP said. The car became airborne and struck the tree below the roadway.

The CHP noted that it had not received any calls for service at or near the collision scene on Friday night or Saturday morning.

Silverado Trail was closed for several hours on Monday in both directions between Pope Street and Deer Park due to a fatal accident, the California Highway Patrol reported. The road reopened shortly after noon.

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.