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Update: Sunday Night Crash Was Attempted Suicide

CHP says man, a teacher in the San Ramon school district, intentionally drove 70 mph into a utility box and pole on Camino Tassajara and Blackhawk Drive Sunday.

Authorities believe the driver who hit a utility box and pole on Camino Tassajara Sunday evening was attempting to commit suicide.

Leif Bostrom, a 30-year-old Danville resident, crashed at about 5 p.m. and suffered major injuries, including a fractured hip and sternum, after being thrown from his silver Audi A4 sedan, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Tyler Hahn.

Bostrom was reported missing by his wife earlier that day and witnesses reported that Bostrom refused their aid following the collision, saying that "he wanted to die," according to Hahn. 

Witnesses also reported that Bostrom drove straight into the utility box "without any brake lights," said Hahn, who added that there were notes left at his home indicating he was intending to commit suicide.

The silver Audi A4 sedan was heading eastbound on Camino Tassajara near Blackhawk Drive.  After the crash, Hahn said investigators found the speedometer locked at 71 mph.

The crash occured just east of town in an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County.

Authorities have not yet determined if alcohol was involved, Hahn said.  Bostrom's current condition is unknown, though his injuries were not life threatening.

A trust fund has been set-up to help the Bostrom family with medical bills.

Jennifer Scholting July 15, 2010 at 12:17 AM
Many of you have asked how to help. We've set up a trust fund to help the Bostrom's with their medical bills. Info is as follows: LEIF BOSTROM FOUNDATION c/o Fremont Bank 6654 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 345 Pleasanton, CA 94566 Attn: Branch Manager On behalf of the Nowak/Bostrom families, your thoughts, concerns, donations and prayers are greatly appreciated.
John July 16, 2010 at 09:17 PM
My daughter had Mr. Bostrom for core at Charlotte Wood a year ago. He was her favorite teacher and she learned a lot in his class. I had an opportunity to meet him at the school's open house and was very impressed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Leif and his family.
shelby August 25, 2010 at 02:26 AM
no actually he was my 6th grade core teacher at charlotte wood middle school!
shelby August 25, 2010 at 02:27 AM
yup he was my teachrt
shelby August 25, 2010 at 02:28 AM
i feel sooo bad for mr.bostrom he was my teacher! i hope he gets better reeallly sooon!!

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