1 dead after driver speeds vehicle into Suisun harbor

SUISUN CITY — One person died Saturday after driving a vehicle down the city’s boat ramp and into the harbor.

The incident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m.

People at the scene told authorities that the vehicle drove straight down the boat ramp at a high rate of speed and into the water, the Fire Department reports.

Chief Justin Vincent, a certified rescue swimmer, arrived there in less than three minutes and entered the water to attempt a rescue. Suisun City police officer Cody Marler also entered the water to assist Vincent. Additional fire personnel soon arrived at the scene, to include a Fire Department rescue boat.

Dispatchers then received a call reporting a sinking vessel about a quarter-mile from the boat ramp, with one person on board. Division Chief Greg Renucci joined Vincent in the water to relieve Marler.

The rescue boat was launched to attempt a rescue at the

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Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

“This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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