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* Anthony Soldano and Gina Blackstone identified as Antioch victims of fatal hit and run

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A man and woman who were killed in a head-on crash on the state Highway 4 Bypass in Antioch on Tuesday have been identified as 56-year-old Burlingame resident Anthony Soldano and 47-year-old Brentwood resident Gina Blackstone, according to the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.The crash happened at about 4:40 p.m. on the state Highway 4 Bypass near Lone Tree Way, California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Maguire said.A silver 1995 Honda Civic was driving west on the bypass alongside a black Ford F-250 pickup truck that was towing a boat, possibly a black-and-white boat used for wakeboarding, Maguire said.The driver of the pickup swerved into the lane occupied by the Honda, and the driver of the Honda, a 19-year-old Antioch woman, swerved to avoid a crash.The Honda crossed over the median and entered the eastbound lanes of the bypass, where it struck a motorcycle head-on, Maguire said. The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were both thrown from the bike.Soldano, the driver of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Blackstone,the passenger, was taken to Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center, where she died a short time later.The driver of the Honda was also taken to Kaiser with injuries to her legs. She is expected to survive, Maguire said.The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene after the crash, prompting an extensive search of the area. As of about 4 p.m. today, the driver still had not been found, Maguire said.

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