On July 18, 2019 at 1:07 am, the Antioch Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash that left one motorist dead on Buchanan Road at Balboa Ct in the City of Antioch.
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Units arrived on scene to find a vehicle into a tree that was smoking with the driver still trapped inside—it originally came in as a vehicle fire, but the fire was out. The impact from the crash pushed the engine up into the driver and passenger seats. Firefighters attempted to free the driver; however, he was later pronounced deceased on scene.
Antioch Police have shut down Buchanan Road at Contra Loma as well as at Cortez Court with the roadway expected to be closed for several hours as police are investigating the incident.
Antioch police are expected to release additional information later Thursday morning.
10:45am Update via Antioch Police
On 7/18/19, Antioch police officers on patrol received information from a neighboring city about a vehicle that was stolen during a residential burglary. At approximately 1:00am, an Antioch police officers potted a vehicle traveling on Somersville Road matching the description of the stolen vehicle.
As officers got into position to initiate a traffic stop, the suspect driver accelerated away from the officers. After the officers activated their emergency lights and siren, the 21-year-old suspect driver fled eastbound on Buchanan Road at a high rate of speed. At the 1100 block of Buchanan Road, the suspect vehicle crossed the raised center divider and stopped after colliding with a tree on the north side of the roadway.
Emergency fire department and ambulance paramedics were immediately called to the scene to render first aid. Ultimately, the suspect driver succumbed to his injuries and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Antioch Police Department’s Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and the Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Involved Fatal Incident Protocol was invoked. The incident is currently being jointly investigated by the Antioch Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office.
No further information will be released regarding this case at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925)778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH