LAFAYETTE -- A section of Pleasant Hill Road that remained closed Monday morning following a deadly car crash and downed power lines Sunday night has reopened, police said.

Charles Silverman, 28, of Concord, was killed when his car struck a tree and a utility pole before catching fire, police said. He was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead.

Police were called to Pleasant Hill Road around 1:30 p.m. Sunday for reports of reckless driving when near Springhill Road, according to Lafayette police Chief Eric Christensen.

Resident Carol Martin said in an e-mail that neighbors and hikers on a nearby trail came to the aid of the man. She said she called 911 twice for the injured man.

Once the police investigation is complete, the tree will be cut down, and then the power pole will be replaced.

The crash knocked out power to 651 customers, according to PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris, but service was mostly restored by 6 p.m. Sunday.

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