The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a vehicle accident at 7:10 pm on Hillcrest Ave which left one person dead and another critically injured Friday night.
The incident occurred after two cars were reported driving at high speeds and one of the vehicles lost control and crashed. While police did not give an estimated speed, one witness estimated the cars were speeding at over 75-mph.
According to radio traffic, police stated both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle. One victim was declared dead on scene while the other was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek—this victim had his leg amputated by the crash and fire crews worked quickly to cut through the vehicle to get the limb so AMR could transport it. His condition is not known.
The incident blocked Hillcrest Avenue between Laurel Ave to Country Hills. The impact of the crash also sent vehicle parts flying into bushes and backyards along Green Hills Cir.
Nicolas Shankaran, a teenager who was one of the first people on scene stated he knew right away one victim was dead while the other was in bad shape.
“From his right knee down was gone and he was missing his right ankle. I went to the other victim and checked his pulse and he didn’t have a pulse. From there officers came by and told us to leave,” explained Shankaran who is an Eagle Scout. “It was my first time assessing a body without having a pulse. Part of his face was gone and most of his cloths were gone. I knew from the start he was gone. The crash was very loud, I felt a sound wave.”
Scott Cook, who lives on Green Hills Cir. stated the crash was very loud and the drivers were going at high speeds.
“I saw it when it first happened. I saw car parts everywhere and in backyards through the wall. I jumped into the street to ran up to the car,” explained Scott Cook. “I knew right away he was gone. The other victim was rolling around in the street and he was dazed and in massive shock from missing one leg completely. The other one looked like it was gone but it was wrapped underneath him. I guess when they put him up on the gurney his leg actually fell off the gurney so I guess it was hanging by skin only. The other leg they pulled out of the vehicle.”
According to Shankaran and Cook, they credit emergency personnel for being on scene very quickly and mobilizing into action. Fire crews worked quickly to secure the scene and parked strategically to block the view of onlookers while police moved to tape off the perimeter and provide traffic control.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at 925-778-2441.
Update 6:50 am:
- (Deceased): 17-year-old male, Antioch resident
- (Major Injury): 19-year-old male, Antioch resident
On 9/13/13, at approximately 1909 hours, Antioch Police Officers responded to a solo vehicle collision on Hillcrest Avenue near the intersection of Sterling Hills Dr. The vehicle was found to have collided into a tree, ejecting both the driver and passenger. Officers located a 17 year old male who was pronounced deceased at the scene and a 19 year old male who was transported to John Muir Hospital with major injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH