By Sgt Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Antioch Police Officers responded to the intersection of Cavallo Road and Sunset Drive on a report of a vehicle collision with a person trapped under the vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located a white pickup truck that had collided into a tree and had come to rest in the backyard of a residence.
The driver of the truck, a 20-year-old male from Antioch, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was ejected from the vehicle upon impact and pronounced deceased at the scene. The truck was traveling southbound on Cavallo at the time of the collision.
Speed is a factor in this collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were involved.
A witness, Antioch resident Robin Silver, said “I was on Cavallo Road at my mom’s house standing next to my car, with a friend helping me put some water into it. Then this big, white truck drove by at like 80 miles an hour about a foot away from me and almost hit me.”
“I screamed ‘Slow down you’re going to kill somebody,’ she continued. “Then just a minute later, boom. He crashed into a fence, and died instantly, with the truck rolled over on top of him, in someone’s back yard.”
“The police came about four minutes after it happened,” Silver added. “Thank you to the Antioch Police. It could have been my life and then his. Wish I could have done something more to stop him.”
The collision is still under investigation by our traffic division. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441 or Traffic Officer Robert Solari at (925) 779-6900 ext.82372. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.
Allen Payton contributed to this report.