Man dies when pickup leaves Placerville road, hits tree

A man died after driving off the road and crashing into a tree in Placerville on Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 60-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet pickup westbound on Grizzly Flat Road at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, the highway patrol said in a Facebook post Sunday. The driver turned right, drove off the road and crashed into a tree. Officials pronounced him dead when they arrived at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Andrew Brown, the public information officer with the highway patrol’s Placerville office, said Monday the man has been identified to be Robert Dickson, of Somerset.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, Brown said.

Elaine Chen, from the University of Chicago, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee. She grew up in the Bay Area and later in Beijing, China.