Danville Community Band founding member killed in Richmond hit-and-run

Police still searching for driver who plowed into Tony Tonti's car

The Danville Community Band is mourning the death of founding member, longtime clarinet player and band librarian Tony Tonti, who was killed in a reported hit-and-run car crash in Richmond late last week.

In a statement on the band's website, band representatives said they were shocked and saddened to learn of Tonti's death, describing the 77-year-old Walnut Creek resident as a "beloved founding member" of the organization.

"Tony joined the band in its first season and was a fixture in the front row of the clarinet section. We'll miss you, Tony," band officials said in a post on the band's Facebook page.

The crash that killed Tonti occurred in Richmond just before 12:10 a.m. last Friday when an unknown driver of a Ford Ranger ran a stop sign and plowed into Tonti's Ford Fusion, according to Richmond police.

Tonti was treated for life-threatening injuries at the intersection and then transported from the scene but died shortly thereafter, according to police.

Right after the crash, the Ford Ranger driver got out of the pickup and ran from the scene, according to police. Authorities did not locate him during a search of the area that night, and he remains at large as of Tuesday evening.

He was described by police as a bald Hispanic man in his 30s who stands at 5 foot 3 inches tall and was seen wearing a black jacket. Richmond police are asking that anyone with information about the incident or the Ranger driver to call (510) 621-1587.

Danville Community Band officials said details about Tonti's memorial would be announced on the group's Facebook page when the details are finalized.

Editor's note: Information from the Bay City News Service was used in this report.

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Posted by Don McLain
a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2016 at 6:53 am

So sad to hear of Tony's death. He was a great guy, musician and foodie. Don McLain Tuba player with the band in previous years as a Danville resident.

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Posted by George March
a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Memorial Details for Tony Tonti:
There will be a vigil held on Wednesday, February 10th from 5-8pm at the Ouimet Bros. funeral chapel, 4125 Clayton Rd., Concord 94521
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 11am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek 94598.

If you are interested in sharing a memory of Tony, or leaving condolences for the family, that can be done at: Web Link

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