* John McDonald Utah man charged with Antioch double fatal hit-and-run crash
Published by Staff Writer on July 2, 2010
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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