A 25-year-old Antioch woman died Saturday as the silver Honda she was driving crashed into a guardrail on eastbound California Highway 4 near Willow Pass Road. However, investigators also discovered bullet holes on the driver side of the car, according to the California Highway Patrol.
How she died has not been determined, according to the Highway Patrol.
CHP Officers discovered bullet holes in the door of her Honda. Two other people survived after being shot along East Bay Freeways – one Sunday on 580 in Livermore, and the other Monday morning on 80 in Richmond.
The CHP says the three crimes are not related.
John Fransen, with the CHP said, “All three of these shootings appear to be targeted and investigators believe that the shooting on Highway 4 in Contra Costa County was gang-related.”
Since late 2015, the CHP says there have been 185 shootings on Bay Area Freeways.
Nine people have been killed and 65 others have been wounded.
The incident originally was reported as an accident. Both the Highway Patrol and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to the scene on Highway 4 near Willow Pass Road in Concord east of Martinez.
While they were enroute, another caller said the Honda ended up on the Willow Pass Road ramp exiting the East Highway 4 lanes, according to the Highway Patrol’s report.
By 2:41 p.m., responders realized the woman, the Honda’s only occupant, had died, and what they thought was an accident was instead a shooting. During the early portion of the investigation, responders found bullet holes on the driver side door.
Eastbound Highway 4 between Willow Pass Road and Port Chicago Highway was closed to traffic, including the off ramp where the vehicle was found. Portions of Port Chicago Highway also were closed, according to the report.
The woman has been identified as Destinee Hillery, 25, of Antioch.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the California Highway Patrol, and anyone who has information about the incident is being asked to call CHP investigators at 707-917-4491.