A man killed in a car crash on Highway 50 in Placerville on Friday morning wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the California Highway Patrol reports. He was identified by the Placerville CHP office as Michael Joseph Silva Jr., 25, of Placerville.
The crash was reported to officers at 7:03 a.m. just west of Missouri Flat Road. Authorities said Silva was driving a 2003 Kia Spectra west about 60 mph when his car “began to rotate on its wheels in a counterclockwise direction,” eventually drifting off to the right shoulder of the highway until it hit a tree.
Several people stopped to help the Silva, who was found unconscious and lying across the headrest of the front passenger’s seat, according to a CHP news release. The 25-year-old was taken out of the car and was given CPR by a bystander until the CHP and El Dorado County Fire Department arrived. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash happened amid heavy rain and wet road conditions, the CHP said.