Updated: Deer Valley Road Re-opens After Fatal Vehicle Crash in Antioch

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Photo provided by East Contra Costa Fire

At 6:50 am Thursday, East Contra Costa Fire responded to a fatal vehicle crash at Deer Valley Road and Empire Mine Road which has shut down the roadway.

As of 7:30 am, the roadway was still closed. No details have been released.

Antioch police said there is no estimated time to reopen at this time. The accident is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

8:15 am Update per ECCFPD

According to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, the incident was a 3-vehicel crash that left one person dead, and two others transported to local hospitals with injuries.

Update per CHP

FATAL COLLISION this morning on DEER VALLEY ROAD

Today at about 7:01am, Contra Costa CHP was advised of a three vehicle traffic collision on Deer Valley Road, just north of Empire Mine Road. Upon CHP and emergency personnel arrival, it was determined that a Honda Civic collided with a Honda Accord, and then into a Toyota Camry. The male driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other two drivers only suffered minor injuries and complaints of pain.

In the initial investigation, it appears that the solo male driver (38yr old from Brentwood) of the Honda Civic was traveling northbound on Deer Valley Road and for unknown reasons, he veered across the solid double yellow lines and into oncoming southbound traffic on Deer Valley Road, directly into the path of the oncoming Honda Accord and collided with the Accord. Then the Civic spun out of control, continuing in the southbound lane and collided with the oncoming Toyota. The solo female driver from the Accord was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries only and the solo female driver from the Toyota was privately taken to a local hospital for only minor complaints of pain only. Tragically the 38yr old male driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Contra Costa County Coroner was dispatched to the scene to identify the deceased male and recover his body. The Coroners office will be the lead agency regarding the release of the deceased male identity.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs are a factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation and if anyone witnessed it or the events leading up to it, please contact Contra Costa CHP in Martinez, (925) 646-4980. Thank you.

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  1. I hate that road, I’ve seen so many bad accidents right at that “S” curve and almost got hit head on myself once when a pickup swerved around the corner right into my lane 😳

  2. Prayers to the family of the deceased. A man on his way to work, doing the right thing…. How sad!

    • ☺️ , Agee was my cousin’s son. He wll be missed forever by loved ones😌🙏🏻

  3. Hopefully thus speeds up the work on Sandcreek so less people have to travel this hazardous road two gone in a months time something needs to be done

  4. This is so tragic! It was very foggy this morning…whether or not that was a factor. My husband always wants to take that road as a shortcut from our home off of Balfour Rd. to connect to Lonetree. I told him a few years ago that I would never travel that road again after a couple scares.

  5. This is so tragic! It was very foggy this morning…whether or not that was a factor. My husband always wants to take that road as a shortcut from our home off of Balfour Rd. to connect to Lonetree. I told him a few years ago that I would never travel that road again after a couple scares. A young man in the prime of his life suddenly ended with a family and friends left to grieve. I hope they don’t discover drugs/alcohol as they mentioned as a part of their usual investigation.

  6. That portion of roadway is very narrow. It only takes one small distraction, or not holding the steering wheel for someone to veer out of their lane and cause a bad accident.

  7. I am very sorry for your loss prayer’s go out to the family and friend’s of this young man may god be with the family and friend’s at this difficult time it is very hard when you loss a loved one. I will keep the family and friend’s in my thoughts and prayers

  8. Cyclists use this portion of Deer Valley to transit from the closed Empire Mine to Balfour Rd. Car speeds are excessive and some drivers lose their temper when a cyclist refuses to yield the road while they have no shoulder to ride on. The driver will either force you off the roadway or go around you on a blind curve setting up a head on collision. Practice patience people.

  9. Horrible road that isn’t made for the amount of traffic on it especially since Kaiser hospital has been built. It’s the same as it was a 100 years ago. It’s not conducive to the current population and amount of traffic. The city needs to address that road.

    • State and local governments disregarding the importance of INFRASTRUCTURE!? Say it ain’t so…. only in times of tragedy like this do people realize how outdated our infrastructure is.

  10. I no longer live in Antioch, but on 9/4/1979 my sister Debbie Lynnette Garner, was killed on the old S curve on 18th –so glad they straightened that out. I pray for the families–I know how this is going to hit them. Hope they get that road fixed also for all to be safe. Sharon.

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