The East Bay Times reports that Concord police Lt. Nicholas Gartner says 29-year-old Robert Smith, of Walnut Creek, may have already been dead when the officer hit him with his patrol car on Monday.READ MORE: COVID Vaccines: Marin County Set To Expand Eligibility; Seniors Say Finding Appointments Still A Challenge
The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office identified Smith on Monday but did not release a cause of death. It is unknown why Smith was on the road.
Police initially said the officer was the first to strike Smith with a vehicle but later said that was incorrect.READ MORE: Stunning Yellow Superbloom Pops Up In Half Moon Bay - 'It's Perfect'
The civilian driver involved in the incident stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.
Gartner says drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision.MORE NEWS: COVID: Santa Clara Supervisors Approve $5/Hour Grocery Worker Hazard Pay
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