Missing VTA Supervisor Ray Halsell Identified as Crash Victim

A sad ending to a missing person's story

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    A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority supervisor who had been missing since last Thursday has been identified as the man found dead in his car in Tracy on Saturday, according to the San Joaquin County coroner's office.   

    Ray Halsell, 64, was found dead in his green 2001 Honda Accord at 3:15 p.m. in a ditch 100 feet off of Coral Hollow Road near Interstate Highway 580, California Highway Patrol spokesman Adam Shelton said.   

    The Tracy man was traveling north on Coral Hollow Road, a two-lane highway between Livermore and Tracy, at an unknown speed when he drifted to the right and off the roadway. He then went left across the road and off the left shoulder, through a barbed-wire fence before coming to a rest, Shelton said. 

    Halsell had been with the VTA since 1998, beginning as a coach operator before becoming a transit division supervisor in 2006, VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress said.   

    An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.