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* John McDonald Utah man charged with Antioch double fatal hit-and-run crash

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A Utah man was charged this morning in connection with a hit-and-run crash on the state Highway 4 Bypass in Antioch on June 15 that killed two people.John McDonald, a 46-year-old man from South Jordan, Utah, has been charged with two counts of gross negligence vehicular manslaughter with an enhancement for leaving the scene of an accident and one count of hit-and-run causing great bodily injury, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney John Cope said.McDonald has arranged through his attorney to surrender this afternoon in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez on a warrant issued when the charges were filed, Cope said.The crash happened at about 4:40 p.m. on the 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, Maguire said.McDonald, the driver of the pickup, allegedly 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, Maguire said.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.The driver of the motorcycle, identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as 56-year-old Burlingame resident Anthony Soldano, was pronounced dead at the scene.His passenger, 47-year-old Brentwood resident Gina Blackstone, 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.McDonald allegedly fled the scene after the crash, prompting an extensive search of the area. Investigators are still hoping to talk to several people they believe witnessed the moments that led up to the crash.

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  • He was found not guilty of the Civic’s driver, Shanie Hansen, broken femur, how is it he is “guilty” of the two people SHE hit and not guilty of her broken femur? The very decision the jury made showed that they had some doubt of who was at fault, one alternate juror that works in Antioch says the Honda driver is the one who should have been charged & she is the one at fault.

    Why is it a uniformed CHP officer told the jury she did a accident report and she gave it to the D.A.’s office a year before the trial, McDonald’s attorney moved for a mistrial due to a clear Brady violation, and judge said “harmless error”. And since then in McDonalds appeal process he has requested that “report” only now to be told the “report” was never done, yet the jury heard a CHP officer reference “it” as if she really did a report.

    Why is it he is out after doing 2.4 years not 7, and why did the judge and local parole officer force him to parole in Contra Costa county when he has never lived here in the past? Even when the CA penal code 3003 clearly states you will be paroled to the last legal address, which in his case is Utah. So now he forced to live off the county and the state in Contra Costa County in protest.

    What a great “system”, and the media has no idea as to the “right questions” to ask – Like how is it that two people died and the “concerned” families never demanded a accident report done by the CHP – wouldn’t you think they would want the truth? The fact that the 19 year old driving skid marks are 6 inches from McDonald’s lane, there was no contact, and she states he was in her lane 80% when she hit her brakes…it does not add up…What does add up is the CHP made statements to the Media before any facts, and if they then changed the story THEY would look incompetent.

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