MARTINEZ (BCN/CBS SF) — A man who died in a crash off of state Highway 4 in Martinez on Wednesday night has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as 53-year-old Joel Tice Jr.

The crash happened around 8:10 p.m. Wednesday when Tice drove a Lexus off the south side of eastbound Highway 4 just west of Alhambra Avenue and it overturned, ejecting him, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Tice was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and died there later Wednesday night.

The fatal crash was the second on the same stretch of Highway 4 in Martinez on Wednesday. Around 4 p.m., 33-year-old San Francisco resident John Thomas went off of westbound Highway 4 just east of the Alhambra Avenue off-ramp and hit a tree, according to the CHP.

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The two crashes brought the number of fatal solo vehicle accidents on Highway 4 up to three for the week. On Monday morning shortly before 8 a.m., Contra Costa CHP was advised of a solo overturned vehicle crash on eastbound Highway 4, just east of Loveridge Road.

Arriving emergency personnel and CHP determined that a solo black Nissan Ultima had overturned along the right shoulder area and the driver had been ejected from the Nissan and sustained fatal injuries. He was identified as a 41-year-old male from Sacramento.

The CHP is investigating all three crashes. Anyone with information about them is asked to contact the Contra Costa-area CHP office at (925) 646-4980.

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