Authorities identify man killed in Fremont crash with semi-trailer

FREMONT — A man killed in a traffic collision with a semi-trailer last week in Fremont has been identified by authorities.

The driver of a gray Volkswagen Passat was pronounced dead at the scene after the Jan. 7 crash, according to police. He was identified this week as 35-year-old Joseph O’Connell, according to the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau.

The crash was reported around noon near Christy Street and Stewart Avenue, an area of office parks and warehouses west of Interstate 880, according to police.

Authorities said the semi-trailer was parked on the north shoulder of Stewart Avenue when O’Connell drove into it; they have not specified how or why they think that happened. The semi-trailer was pushed partially into the street curb as a result of the impact.

Stewart Avenue was partially closed between Albrae and Christy street during an investigation.

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