A driver was killed late Saturday after a single-vehicle crash and fire north of Napa, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The male motorist was driving a 2004 Pontiac GTO coupe westbound on Orchard Avenue, east of Dry Creek Road, at speeds up to 100 mph shortly before the wreck, according to CHP Sgt. Gilberto Jose. Officers were notified of the crash at 10:38 p.m.
The car struck an oak tree head-on at a hairpin turn in the 1300 block of Orchard Avenue with such force that the nose crumpled three feet and the headlights were thrown 50 feet forward, Jose said.
The wreckage of the Pontiac, which landed in a roadside ditch, was fully engulfed in flames when CHP officers and Napa County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, according to Jose. Members of the Napa County Fire Department/CalFire had to extricate the driver’s body from the car.
The victim’s name was not available as of 2 a.m. Jose said the man's relatives were notified early Sunday, but a positive identification cannot be made by the Napa County coroner's office until Monday, pending a study of dental records.
CHP reported the Pontiac was registered out of Napa.
Orchard Avenue was closed for more than two hours after the crash before reopening shortly after 12:45 a.m., Jose said. At least 15 first responders were still at the crash site at midnight.
Napa Valley Register reporter Howard Yune contributed to this report.