A teen is dead and two others were injured when a vehicle struck a tree in Danville on Monday night, according to police.
The 17-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, suffered broken ribs when he lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on El Capitan Drive near Claridge Drive. The vehicle spun out of control and struck a tree on the right passenger side, according to Danville police Sgt. Scott Dickerson.
The victim, 17-year-old Robert Orlando, was taken to San Ramon Regional Medical Center, where he died of his injuries, according to the Contra Costa County coroner's office.
The three were traveling north in a Honda on El Capitan Drive near Claridge Drive when they crashed about 8:50 p.m. Monday. The San Ramon Valley High students were on their way home from a fishing trip.
Robert wanted to go fishing -- one of his many passions -- one last time before the school year started, said longtime family friend Richard Hein.
"He had more passion, more energy and more gregariousness by far than your average person or average two people," said Hein. "He just had a
zest and a presence."
The driver and the other 17-year-old passenger, who sustained a broken leg, were both in stable condition Tuesday morning, Dickerson said. Their names have not been released.
All three teens attended San Ramon High School, according to Terry Koehne, spokesman for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
"All three would be starting their senior year today," said Terry Koehne, spokesman for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. "They were friends."
He said it's especially sad that grief counselors would have to be at school the first day, but called the students "resilient."
The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Police said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the collision.
The collision blocked El Capitan Drive between Crow Canyon Road and Canfield Drive, near the Crow Canyon Country Club, until about 3:45 a.m., police said.
Robert is survived by his parents and two brothers. The family is shocked and devastated by the loss, Hein said.
On Tuesday, some 50 community members visited the family's Danville home, he said.
SRVHS Principal Ruth Steele said school psychologists and district administrators were on campus Tuesday to assist students, parents and staff members.
Meanwhile, flowers, cards and other tokens were accumulating at a makeshift memorial at the site of the crash today. A memorial service will likely take place sometime next week.
The family asks that any friends who wish to send messages, or photos or videos of Robert email them to email@example.com.