Mountain View Voice

News - March 2, 2012

Family and friends ID victim of fiery crash

by Nick Veronin

The Mountain View Police Department has identified Brian Drocco, a Sunnyvale resident, as the man who died in a fiery car crash in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 24.

The coroner's report, which will identify the cause of death and include a toxicology report, won't be available for a few weeks, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the department. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash.

A Facebook page, created in his memory, describes the 25-year-old as an "amazing individual many of us were lucky to know." Drocco was born in Cupertino. He would have turned 26 on March 18.

He died in the accident, which occurred shortly before 12:52 a.m. last Friday, just off of Central Expressway near Bernardo Avenue.

Mountain View and Sunnyvale police found Drocco's body in the wreckage of what appeared to be a 2007 BMW. The car was discovered in flames off to the side of Central Expressway, and police said it had hit a tree.

Pictures of Drocco, postings from friends, family and coworkers, and information on his funeral can be found on the "Remembering Brian Drocco" page at Facebook.com. Funeral services are planned for March 3.

Investigators believe the car was heading eastbound on Central Expressway when it ran off the road, hit the tree and caught fire, according to Liz Wylie, the public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The body was so badly burned that investigators could not immediately identify the sex of the driver, said Wylie. "They said it was pretty horrific."

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29. Results were not available as of the Voice's press deadline.

Police received multiple reports from people who passed by the flaming car, Wylie said. Sunnyvale officers were the first to respond, but determined the accident was within the MVPD's jurisdiction.

No witnesses to the accident have come forward, Wylie said, but "it doesn't appear that there was another car involved." Police believe that the driver was alone in the car.

Wylie said police will release more information about the crash when it becomes available.

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