CONCORD (KPIX five) — An 18-year-old lady was killed early Sunday morning in a fatal solo crash off Kirker Pass Rd. in Concord, according to police. Authorities responded to the incident about 12:41 a.m. The woman’s vehicle veered off the road and struck a signal pole.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash closed the southbound lanes of Kirker Pass Rd. for more than 3 hours.
Her family members did not want to speak on camera, but the victim’s grandfather, Bill Stroup, identified her as Taleah Montanez of Pittsburg, a graduate of Pittsburg Higher College who managed a retail shop in Walnut Creek.
Police mentioned it is not however clear what brought on Taleah to crash.
“She was the sparkle of my eye,” Stroup mentioned.
Julie Vasquez of Pittsburg knows how heartbreaking this moment is for Taleah’s family members. Her daughter, Mireya Vasquez, was also 18 when she was killed on Kirker Pass, just previous Hess Rd., in 2015.
“It just brings back the discomfort of losing your kid,” mentioned Vasquez by means of tears. “She just turned 18 prior to her death, and I know there was so considerably she wanted to do in this life. She was cheated. We had been cheated.”
When drivers travel Kirker Pass, which is a well known reduce-by means of in between Concord and Pittsburg just previous the Concord Pavilion, they can see roadside memorials on each sides of the road–flowers and mementos that represent lives lost. Kirker Pass is rapidly, curvy and has no shoulders.
Due to the fact 2015, there have been six persons killed in vehicle crashes along about a mile stretch of Kirker Pass in between Clearbrook and just north of Hess Road. Just final year, a five-year-old was killed when the family’s SUV lost handle and careened down an embankment.
Erica Vasquez, Mireya’s sister, mentioned she wished county officials showed much more concern.
“Once somebody passes, they place up a sign that says ‘Slow down, caution,’ and just after two months, it is gone and they anticipate us just to neglect that as an alternative of placing a thing just to stop yet another death,” she mentioned.
Just final week, Contra Costa County officials announced the starting of a road improvement project along Kirker Pass. The Vasquez family members mentioned they had been not conscious of the project, but they hope it will make a distinction.