Danville teen killed in crash on Highway 24 in Lafayette

Witnesses say driver was speeding before leaving road and hitting tree

A 17-year-old Danville boy was killed in a solo car crash on state Highway 24 in Lafayette this morning, a fire captain said.

The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. on eastbound Highway 24 near the Pleasant Hill Road exit.

Witnesses told the California Highway Patrol that the driver of the vehicle was speeding before the car went off of the road and struck a tree, a CHP officer said.

The teen, who was alone in the car, appears to have died on impact, according to Capt. Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Emergency responders searched for additional victims but found none, Marshall said.

The far right lane of the highway was blocked by emergency vehicles until about 2:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

The teen's name has not been released.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Debbie
a resident of Danville
on Mar 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

My prayers go out to the family of this young man. May we all come together as a community and pray for and support this family during this most difficult time.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

I agree with you Debbie. This is going to be very difficult for the ones let behind...It always is... But lets not forget the real issue..."SPEED KILLS"

Unfortunately our teenagers of today have very little concept of reality.

Yesterday was Thursday...I am assuming this teenager was out of school for some good better have been a damn good reason.

I drove by the accident on my way home from visiting my husband at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Oakland...I immediately it was bad..the car took a large freeway sign down and went right down into the tree..

My heart goes out to the family.

Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Danville parent
a resident of Danville
on Mar 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

To the family of this young man: our hearts and prayers are with you!

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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Mar 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Thank you Debbie, I agree that as a community, we can hold this family in our prayers. My heart goes out to the family and others who love this young man.

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