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Alleged drunk driver arrested after fatal crash on Byron Highway

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – An alleged drunk driver was arrested for a fatal crash on Byron Highway in Contra Costa County that killed a passenger, announced the California Highway Patrol on Sunday morning. 

Officers first responded to reports of a solo crash on Saturday at 11:07 p.m. on Byron Highway, south of Clifton Court Road. A Chevrolet Suburban with one passenger inside was traveling southbound on the highway when it veered off the road and crashed into a dirt embankment, said officers.  

The driver was transported to the hospital for major injuries, and the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.  

Following a DUI investigation, the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

Anyone with more information about the crash is encouraged to contact CHP Contra Costa at (925) 646-4980 or

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