Christopher Harvey, 18, of Walnut Creek, was driving a 1999 BMW west on Livorna Road at 2:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, when the accident occurred, said Patrolman Scott Yox. A 19-year-old - also from Walnut Creek - was in the passenger seat.
Harvey exceeded the 30 mph speed limit and drove straight on a left hand curb, causing him to veer off the road and hit a raised dirt embankment. His car turned multiple times and landed on its roof, according to police reports.
When police arrived at the scene, they pronounced Harvey dead due to a blunt force injury, Yox said. The 19-year-old suffered a concussion, bruising and other cuts. He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
They were both removed from the car by Contra Costa County firefighters, according to reports. No one else was hurt, Yox said.
"It goes to show you that speed limits are posted for a reason," Yox said. "Speed is the No. 1 killer (on the road)."
"It's certainly got to be tough for the families right around the holidays," he added.
-Jordan M. Doronila