Man arrested for crash that killed Danville band clarinetist

32-year-old charged with felony vehicular manslaughter for Tony Tonti's death

A Richmond man has been arrested and charged on allegations of causing the hit-and-run crash last Friday that killed Tony Tonti, a founding member of the Danville Community Band, police announced on Wednesday.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office confirmed that 32-year-old Obed Obeso was charged Wednesday with felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run resulting in death or serious injuries.

Authorities allege Obeso was the behind the wheel of a Ford Ranger that blew through a stop sign and plowed into Tonti's Ford Fusion in Richmond early Friday morning.

Police said Obeso was in the middle of a road rage incident, allegedly chasing another car -- not Tonti's vehicle -- from a nearby highway onto city streets before he failed to slow down at the intersection stop sign and crashed into Tonti's car.

Tonti, 77, of Walnut Creek, died shortly after emergency personnel transported him from the crash scene, according to Richmond police. He was a founding member, longtime clarinet player and band librarian for the Danville Community Band.

Police allege Obeso got out the truck and ran from the crash scene Friday and remained on the loose until Monday morning. With the help of the public, he was arrested at 7:35 a.m. Monday while riding as a passenger in a vehicle on San Pablo Avenue in Richmond, according to police.

Obeso was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, where he is being held on $150,000 bail, according to authorities.

Memorial services for Tonti have been scheduled, according to band representatives.

A vigil will be held next Wednesday (Feb. 10) from 5-8 p.m. at the Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel at 4125 Clayton Road in Concord. A funeral mass will follow the next day, Feb. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

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

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Posted by Member
a resident of Danville
on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

Sorry to see a large photo of the coward who ran from the scene and was charged with a hit and run fatality and a small photo of the victim. I think you got it backwards.

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