Antioch: One Dead, One Critically Injured in Hillcrest Ave Crash

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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



  1. terrible accident..were they young men? and did the other speeding car stop? really bad, praying for both of them…

  2. Its sad, but this is the result of stupidity! People seem to think they’re invulnerable!

  3. Last weekend my husband, myself, and our four children were traveling on hillcrest when a gray Camaro, and a blue Nissan decided they were at Indy 500. The Camaro peeled out so fast that his rear fender almost shook itself right off the vehicle. They were going so fast I couldn’t safely catch the license plate. I wish I would’ve because maybe this was that guy, maybe it would’ve saved his life to get pulled over. I pray for the driver who was killed and everyone else injured. I pray for the teenage boy who shouldn’t have ever had to see such horrific things. Those things don’t ever leave your memory. Our human race needs to start cherishing every single day we have on this earth. We need to stop living, thinking, and behaving so selfishly. For every action there is a reaction. Even though these people made a bad choice they were still someone’s son, father, brother, uncle, cousin. A whole lot of hurt is happening right now in someone’s family. I will pray for them.

    • Well said, Rhiana. Thoughts and prayers for the accident victims, their families, friends and the good Samaritans. Thanks, thoughts and prayers also for our firefighters, ambulance attendants and police officers who must see these tragedies much too often.

      • Sad.. Gotta wear your seat belts an slow down, boys and girls. Good job to APD, AMR, CCCFPD and the the flight medics/nurses who responded quickly.

    • The crashed vehicle was a Jaguar Powerful vehicles with very high price tags.
      My questions-How do 17-19 year olds afford a Jaguar? How do 17-19 year old afford the insurance for a Jaguar?

      • But why does any if that matter? There are jobs out there that a 19year old can have to be able to afford a car like that! It sounds like your mad cause you don’t have a jaguar…

        • Really? Name one. The majority of adults don’t own cars like that-ever. The one to three percent that can & do are not in the 17-19 age bracket. I’m not jealous, I own much more than one Jaguar. Therefore, I question what they were doing driving that type of vehicle.

          • Thanks for making my point Byron. At 600 a week you can’t afford much more than a Honda civic unless you plan on living in it, eating crackers, and keeping it parked. You can’t even spell “week” so I doubt you are an expert at what it really costs to afford a Jag. Realistically you would have to be in the 2,500 a week income bracket to truly afford that level of automobile. If you think you can really afford to own operate and insure a Jag on a 32k a year income I wish you luck. It ain’t gonna happen Byron.

      • Their parents probably bought the car(which was a bad idea) or it was one of the victims’ parents’ car, It’s sad on what happened but a BIG eye opener on young adults and teenagers.

    • It wasnt that guy, the 17 year old was my friend and the other was his brother. Neither bad kids, just bad decisions

      • Sorry that your friends were injured and killed. Bad decisions indeed. I hope others may learn from this tragedy.

  4. You guys really need to proof read your work, before you publish it.This article is loaded with grammatical errors.

    • I totally agree with this!!! These articles have great information in them but it really makes it seem unprofessional when they are full of grammatical errors, misspelled words, and other oversights.

      • Gee you guys, how much are you paying for I am not paying anything and yet this guy runs around and reports the local news to me and you before anyone else! You do know that this is ONE guy doing all of this, right? AND he has kids and a family. How about a thank you or offer to help? If you don’t like it wait until Friday or whatever day you get your newspaper in the driveway or go online to that other paper that reports the news days and weeks later…. I prefer to hear things the day of even with a few spelling errors or a grammar error here and there. Thanks ECT

        • I’m sure he’s making a descent living running ads on here. He gets paid for each ad’s impression. It’s not like he’s doing it for free.

          I’m sorry, but if you want to be taken serious, you got to show more professionism. Grammatical errors happen, but when they appear several times in every article, credibility goes down the tubes.

          • @Whatevs,

            “Making a decent living” off of a couple of Internet ads? You’ve got to be kidding! Have you and Byron been taking the same economics course?

            For Gods sake man, if your going to criticize Burk for spelling at least YOU should learn how to spell simple words like “decent” and “professionalism”. (Last I checked they were not spelled as “descent” and “professionism”).

  5. first off my thoughts and prayers go out to the families
    secondly, let me say no one should be criticizing anyone at this moment.
    a 17yr old is dead and the other, has major injuries. if you can not say nothing nice
    then do not say nothing at all..

  6. What a horrible loss. Thanks to all the responders, pd, fd, ambulance and doctors who helped the 19 year old. Rip to the 17 year old. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both boys.

  7. People are trippin’ on here, why are we so worried about spelling and grammar when it comes to our youth dying…
    Stupidly doesn’t change the fact that this is still a tragedy, families are hurting, and people will never be the same…So who really cares about spelling….God bless every soul affected in this horrible situation…In Jesus and for Jesus…

    • Needless dying caused by recklessness & stupidity. It matters. These youths could have killed other innocent people driving or walking on Hillcrest. Think about that for a moment, because they didn’t. As bad as this was, It could have been worse. Much worse. I feel sorry for the parents and the kids, but the blame is on their shoulders. This was not an accident. It was a crash and it was preventable.

  8. A SAD story, to much power in a car like that for young kids ! There is a lot of street car racing. I’m not saying these kids were doing that but they had to have been going pretty fast to lose control. I hear them at night racing down this street its pretty scary …
    I would like to see the police crack down. A friend of mine wen to a street car race and said the police don’t even do anything when they show up they just make everyone leave and they return again later. They should start taking speeding and street car racing more serious.

  9. this is incredibly sad my thoughts and prayers go out to both families affected by this horrible accident

  10. You folks worried about grammar should check your own children’s posting on Twitter and Facebook. No wonder our children are flunking out of school.

    God Bless this family and friends.

  11. Antioch was never this out of control with young adults. Parenting is so important to our young people. Hillcrest has become a hotbed of tragedy. I hope it is only short lived.

  12. It seems that people are more interested in fault-finding than in seeing the real tragedy. Would have, could have, should have aside, a mother and father are grieving. Look at your child and imagine if they weren’t there. All the finger-pointing and blame-finding in the world won’t bring them back. My prayers are with the parents.

  13. First off please remember,we were all 19 at one time and we all made bad is a sad day when people lose sight of the real problem or issue at hand…
    my nephew the driver is a good kid and his parent are both professional who reward their son for being that good kid he will have the rest of his life to remember his
    bad decision. Questioning his means for the car he drive’s and how he pays the insurence is a sign that someone need’s a hoby, and what was implied is so far off base,
    and disrespectfull to all parties concerned .someone lost their LIFE people, and yall talking bout his means to afford the car ,and correct grammer.

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