A man killed late Wednesday afternoon when an SUV rolled down an embankment off Interstate 680 and crashed into a tree has been identified as Boyd Fowler, 67, of Hayward.
He was a passenger in the gold SUV that left the northbound freeway at about 5:30 p.m. just north of the Bernal Avenue off-ramp in Pleasanton, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver of the compact SUV, a 74-year-old Hayward woman, suffered major injuries and was taken to Eden Medical Center, CHP Officer D. Reed said. Her name has not yet been released.
The driver was originally reported to be the only person in the vehicle.
Reed said the 2000 Honda CR-V was traveling north on the highway, south of the West Las Positas Road overcrossing, at about 65 miles per hour when it veered off the roadway for an unknown reason, went down an embankment and hit a large tree.
Reed said both the driver and the passenger were wearing seat belts, and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The investigation is continuing, he said.
CHP and fire crews were on the scene, and one lane of I-680 was closed for several hours, backing up northbound traffic for miles.