Police continue to investigate an incident that killed a 19-year-old Alamo teen late Sunday. Police said he reportedly hopped on a slow-moving SUV and was unable to hang on to the side of the car.
It appears that the teen, identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as Justin De Young, hopped onto a Toyota Sequoia as it was moving away around 11:45 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15. It is unclear what he grabbed to support himself, perhaps a window sill or a running board, Police Chief Steve Simpkins said. He was unable to hold on, however, and fell off the vehicle about 75 yards later at the intersection Del Amigo and Glen roads.
When police arrived at the scene, De Young was unconscious and was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.
"It was going at a very slow speed at a very short distance," Simpkins said. "It happened within a few seconds."
While it isn't clear whether he was run over or hit his head too hard or a combination of the two, Simpkins said there is one thing they know for sure.
"This was not a stunt of any kind," he said. "It was a momentary decision that ended very badly. It wasn't car surfing or ghost riding."
The driver tested negative for alcohol and police are awaiting toxicology reports on the victim. In the meantime, police continue to interview witnesses and neighbors.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Danville police at 314-3700.