At approximately 0835 hours, January 9, 2017, a 911 call was
received from a resident near the 5000 block of Novato Blvd., reporting there
was an upside down vehicle at the base of an embankment, west of 5022 Novato Blvd. Paramedics with the Marin County
Fire Department, Officers with the California Highway Patrol and Marin County Sheriff’s
deputies arrived on scene at about 0842 hours, and found the vehicle, a white Nissan
Altima, upside down in a running creek, which runs north/south beneath Novato
Blvd. A single adult male occupant was located
inside the cab of the vehicle. The cabin
was partially submerged beneath the water at the time the vehicle was found. The occupant was located unbelted in the
front passenger side of the vehicle, and was also submerged in the running
water. External injury evidence on the
subject’s remains was consistent with him having been wearing a seatbelt, which
was oriented in the driver’s seat position. The post mortem changes identified on scene
by coroner personnel suggest a time of death likely occurring overnight.
The decedent has been identified by Coroner Division
personnel as Jose Enrique HERNANDEZ, a 20-year-male resident of Novato, CA.
There is no evidence suggestive of another vehicle being
involved in this incident. Mr. Hernandez
was last seen leaving his place of employment on the evening of 01/08/2016, at which time he was driving the
vehicle alone. Although no definitive cause
has been attributed to this event at this time, early indicators are that speed,
severe weather conditions, and significant lack of tire tread on the subject’s vehicle
may have been at play in this circumstance.
A post mortem examination and toxicology testing have been
scheduled for later this week. The cause
and manner of death will be pending toxicology results and the conclusion of
the California Highway Patrol’s investigation. No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time,
as this in active investigation. Any
further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the PIO with the Marin Area CA
CHP Office: Ofc. Andrew Barclay firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the
Coroner Division offers our condolences to the family and friends of Mr.
Chief Deputy Coroner