17-year-old Danville Teen Killed in Hwy. 24 Crash Identified

March 7, 2014 13:48 pm · 59 comments

A 17-year-old boy who was killed when his car spun off of state Highway 24 in Lafayette on Thursday morning has been identified as Anthony Grosso of Danville, a Contra Costa County coroner’s deputy said.

The teen appears to have died on impact in the crash, which occurred around 11 a.m. on eastbound Highway 24 near the Pleasant Hill Road exit, according to California Highway Patrol and fire officials.

Several witnesses told the CHP that the teen was speeding at 90 to 100 mph and making unsafe lane changes before losing control of his car and crashing into two trees just off of the roadway, CHP Sgt. Joseph Johnson said.

No one else was in the car and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, which shut down the roadway’s slow lane for nearly three hours on Thursday.

Johnson said Grosso was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The incident remains under investigation and any witnesses are asked to call the CHP at (925) 646-4980.

Concord Mom March 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

RIP Anthony!! My heart and prayers are with the family during this time!!

Kim C March 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Very sad. 🙁 Prayers to his family and friends.

Mo March 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Seriously… Kids don’t know how to drive now a days.. they see some fast and furious movie and they think that and try to be something that they cannot handle without proper training. RIP Anthony

Scrappy March 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

RIP. To young, too soon. My heart and prayers go out to your family as they deal with their loss.

Grumpy Old Man March 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Rest in Peace Young Man, I pray others will learn from your mistake.

Thomas E. March 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Dear teenagers:
Fast and the Furious = movie, not real life
Drive safely.

D March 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Under the influence of being a teenage boy with not enough maturity, or driving experience. My everyday nightmare, as a mother to two teenage boys.

My deepest sympathies to the young man’s family and friends.

Deal with what occurred March 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Several witnesses told the CHP that the teen was speeding at 90 to 100 mph and making unsafe lane changes before losing control of his car and crashing into two trees just off of the roadway, CHP Sgt. Joseph Johnson said.

opinion March 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Many rich kids died often I work in the San Ramon area and young rich kids get in car accidents all the time because they drive fast cars

Yhe Phantom March 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

All my sympathy to the family…makes me very sad.

My brother and I used to speed down that same road in the 1960’s in our cars that just made about 100 miles an hour. Going to our .home in Danville.

He had an ’55 Olds convertible and mine was a ’53 Ford sedan. We were just lucky.

God Bless you Anthony…I am sad for your family.

Class of 90 CVHS March 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I agree Mo. Very sad and I’m glad he didn’t crash into somebody else. RIP

Schmee March 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

When a child dies of cancer I think no god could have orchestrated that. Here I think maybe this WAS meant to be..

Rob March 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Sad for the family but thank goodness he didn’t take out some innocent family on the way.

ClayDen March 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I agree with Mo, except I don’t think kids knew how to drive much better when I learned to drive (which was a long time ago). The reality is that even though it is called a Driver License, it is really a transportation appliance operator permit. I drove fast when I was young, and many young people will continue to do so. What we need is to increase the skill level of the young drivers so we have fewer tragedies like this one. When I was young I was interested in becoming a better driver, so I studied how it was done via magazine articles, attending sports car races, driving in autocrosses, and other means. One of the ways I learned car control was to go out early Sunday mornings to a big shopping center parking lot after or during the rain and practice putting the car sideways, learning what it was like to drive on the edge of break-away and hold the car there, and how to recover from a skid. You can also learn accident avoidance maneuvering rather than just mashing the brake pedal in an emergency. Unfortunately, parking lots now have significant obstructions and this is not reasonable. I believe we could save a lot of lives, as well as raising the skill level of all drivers if we made demonstrating car control a requirement for getting a driver license. All we need is a few large flat paved lots with sprinkler systems and the will to realize that driving is a privilege (as it is now) and not a right. It would cost more, but this could be covered by increased licensing fees. You could locate the testing areas on the fringes of metropolitan areas to reduce land costs (though the state and federal governments own a LOT of land already). Many sports stadiums have fairly large unobstructed areas that could be used also. Some people would not pass the test, but they shouldn’t be on the roads anyway, and this would reduce traffic congestion as a side benefit.

I’m truly sorry for the loss of this young life (I have two sons myself and can’t imagine the pain of losing one of them). Perhaps this could start something like the above to reduce future lost lives.

Yhe Phantom March 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I am also sad for all the families who lost loved ones to other reckless, drunk, and speeding drivers. I nearly killed a family driving too fast on Green Valley Road at the turn near Cameo Drive.

Reliving it every once in a while, for fifty years, always terrifies me.

Never sped again. Lucky them and lucky me.

Savage March 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

So sad that he was so wreckless and natural selection took over.

Shasta Daisy March 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Prayers to his family and friends.
Very sad.

The Grant March 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Did the police confirm he was racing a white mustang?

Understand the kid was driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STi (damn fast car if tuned properly).

Rest in Peace

Just saying March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

very sad, but I’m glad no others were killed or injured by this accident. I’m angered by the fact that wasn’t thinking of others when he was doing this, must of felt invincible I guess.

JWalk March 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

So sad. If there is any good in this story, it’s that no other life was lost.
Prayers for the family.

what kind of car? March 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

An who was he trying to impress!!? If he had caused an accident to someone else… he would have kept going and not given a damn!! Gave it to himself.. and not one of his friends will remember that they will do the same thing…(speed, drive like a thug). Yeah, sorry he was zoo young… but who are the youth trying to impress? Was his hat and hoodie on so that maybe flew down over his face and he lost control.. or was his phone running a message… I am sorry but not caring..

iluvfriedchicken March 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Funny how we can point the finger at this teen for reckless behavior, but no one wants to point a finger at the girl who died on the train tracks. I’m just saying. Seems to me they’re both examples of reckless behaviors, but for some reason people are more comfortable with denouncing a teenage boy over a teenage girl.

That’s not fair.

Anyway, please learn something from recent tragic events and teach young people to think ahead even if it doesn’t affect their behavior.

Gma March 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Kids think they’re immortal. Momentary stupid behavior and now a lifetime of heartache for his family. Fortunately he didn’t take any innocent drivers with him. Sorry for families loss

More of the Same March 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Ahhh Claycord where all the A holes and trolls come to bash the dead

Steve March 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Sorry but no young, inexperienced driver should be driving fast cars…give them an old car, that isn’t fast, and teach them basics of maintenance? Checking the oil, changing the tire, etc. This is very sad and future potential accidents could be avoided if we dont give our kids sports cars!? The above mentioned coment of a course letting them learn to slide out and see how the car reacts in situations is a bit ridiculous. Seems as if we are encouraging this behavior? I am so sorry for the parents, I hope I will never experience this. Rest in peace.

@iluvfriedchicken March 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

You must not read very well, because plenty of people made similar, tasteless comments about her, too.

GW March 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

@iluvfriedchicken I totally agree with you about the Jenna Betto that died on the train tracks in Martinez. That was an “accident” that never shod have happened also. She and her boyfriend had no business sitting on the the railroad tracks! Both sets of parents here are going to have to deal with their tragic loss, AND I would think, anger. Anger that their child acted so foolishly and they don’t have them anymore!

TinFoiler March 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Have to agree with Steve #25. Just because you “Love” your child doesn’t mean you give them whatever they want. Should have been driving a Tacoma or Ranger.
Of course movies and commercials Glorifying all of this Fast driving has NO impact on real life ~ Keep lying to yourselves.

Rob March 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The kid was driving a WRX STi?

I’m sorry but who in the world would give a 17 year old male that type of car to drive?

Hey kid, here is a 300hp, lightweight all wheel drive rally car that is basically de-tuned a bit for the street – have fun…

Cowellian March 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Other than herself, Jenna put no one at risk.

Seth W. March 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM

@iluvfriedchicken – the reaction to both tragic events this week has nothing to do with being a boy or girl. The boy was allegedly driving recklessly and could have injured or killed someone else. Jenna’s poor judgment did not put any innocent bystanders at risk. On another note, I want to let everyone in Claycord know how impressed I am with the Betti family. The courage and poise Dena showed at the memorial last night was amazing to watch. Her words were filled with strength and conviction to not let this be a defining moment for their family. Prayers have helped them throughout this tragedy so far and I pray for continued strength for Paul, Dena and their girls. I also am praying for the Grosso family…the cause of his death doesn’t reduce their pain. May God bless Anthony and Jenna.

Anon 0808 March 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM

“My everyday nightmare, as a mother to two teenages.”
Do your job as a Mother–teach them the law & common sense

“Seems to me they’re both examples of reckless behaviors, but for some reason people are more comfortable with denouncing a teenage boy over a teenage girl.”

Because she was so beautiuil–this is all we heard about her (if she was a plain Jane–no such sympathy & all got to take off school to go to the church ??

Understand the kid was driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STi (damn fast car if tuned properly).
His Father should be ashamed for giving him such a car

“She and her boyfriend had no business sitting on the the railroad tracks! ”
Its called trespassing–an illegal act

ranti March 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

To all of you Parents who have teenage drivers! Go to the Internet and get a Tracking Device that records the speed and destinations of your teen driver when they have the car! You can keep a record of what and where and how fast your teen drives! the results could Scare You!

ranti March 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

To all of you Parents who have teenage drivers! Go to the Internet and get a Tracking Device that records the speed and destinations of your teen driver when they have the car! You can keep a record of what and where and how fast your teen drives! the results could Scare You! If the Parents of this 17 yo had known what he was doing ! they would have ripped the keys away form him! they Parents could have been Liable for millions if He had killed some one!MONITOR YOUR KID`S DRIVING! SPY ON THEM! IT IS YOUR RIGHT! BUY THE GPS MONOTORING SYSTEM! FIND OUT WHAT YOUR TEEN IS DOING WITH YOUR CAR!!

lizzie March 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

While this is horrible, I agree with #29. Why not buy a 4 cyl that can’t drive fast?

Anon 0808 March 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

“You can keep a record of what and where and how fast your teen drives! the results could Scare You!”

That is true- ask any cop

“they would have ripped the keys away form him!”
I know a parent (my sister) who handed a car to her daughter &she got a DUI & they let her keep the car–there are stupid parents out there

mika March 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM

What school did he attend?

RShelton March 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM

As an owner of a STI and It is completely f’ing insane to give a 17 year old. You definitely need to have experience as a driver before even considering purchasing one. And the fact you will even give a teenage a $35,000 car is crazy. What happened to kids getting the hand me down family car or making them purchase their own that way they know what it is like to work for something and they will respect it.i feel bad saying this but spoiling your kids is not the answer you are their parents not thier friends. Kids do not fully comprehend that their choices affect other people stop being so dam reckless. Thankfully no one else was hurt. Prayers go out to his family at their time of loss.

lg March 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM

We all were young and thought we were were invincible at one point in our lives!! I remember!!! Keep your hoity toity thoughts to yourselves! God Bless his family and friends!!!

anon March 7, 2014 at 7:48 PM

if you have kids driving….did anyone mention yet that thing that tracks how a driver is doing? this isnt the one involved with your insurance. you buy it for 100. clark howard was talking about it and planned on getting it. what’s interesting is most people think that they are good drivers, but there are so many bad drivers out there. so having this tells you how youre doing.

anon March 7, 2014 at 7:51 PM

every teenagers driving should be tracked. at least for some period of time. it could save so many lives.
Automatic offers smart driving assistant to save money on gas

Are you willing to put yourself to the driving test? Then get ready for new technology that can grade your performance on the road and maybe save you money.
Automatic.com offers a $100 device that plugs into your car’s diagnostic port and then synchs up to your smartphone.
With Automatic, you can get real time driving feedback on rough braking, speeding, and rapid acceleration. This smart driving assistant can save you money on gas by telling you how to modify your driving behavior. It can also remember where you parked, and even call for help in a crash.

You can even diagnose your own check engine light using this thing! I plan to get the Automatic and test it out. Look for my video review of the service coming in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, my daughter will be driving in 232 days. That thought terrifies my wife whenever I talk about it. For any parent, a kid starting to drive is a terrorizing thought. My son has 7 years until he starts. The difference in auto safety features he’ll find in 7 years will be mind-blowing compared to what my daughter will find next year.


anon March 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Clark says this is expensive. well….
Tech to monitor your teen behind the wheel

Want to make your teen safer behind the wheel? Remotely monitor them when they’re on the road and let them know you’re spying on them! I want to talk about new technology that makes it possible, though not necessarily cheap.

I read recently that the number of safety incidents a young driver has drops roughly 90% when that teen knows his or her driving is being watched by an electric eye.

I’ve talked in the past about systems like DriveCam.com, which offers camera technology that can be remotely monitored, and SafeCo, the national insurer that launched a rudimentary GPS tracking program called Teensurance about four years ago.

Now I’ve learned about another system called tiwi.com that offers seat belt alerts; speeding and aggressive driving prevention; immediate feedback about how your kid is driving; and the ability to set up SmartZones — which are you geographic restrictions you identify. (If your kid goes out of the boundaries you’ve set, they’re notified that they’re caught, and you’re notified they’ve left the zone.)

None of this technology is cheap. You typically have to buy the camera, GPS or other hardware and then pay a monthly monitoring fee. But I think it’s well worth it.

It all reinforces the idea that driving is a privilege, not a right. I’ve already told my 12 year old that when she starts driving in several years, there will be some kind of technology in the car so I can monitor her when I’m not there.

anon March 7, 2014 at 8:02 PM

its interesting that with the young drivers, stats showed that there are dramatically fewer serious accidents for those that started driving one year later. so, those that started driving at 17 had fewer serious accidents than those that started driving at 15. and the stats improve each year in the youth range.

LeaveJennaOutOfIt March 7, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Disgusting that these two tragedies would be compared. Do the research. The human brain cannot judge visually how fast something is coming toward them. Jenna is FOURTEEN. To her FOURTEEN year old brain she is only thinking of her cell. This SEVENTEEN year old was driving too fast…. And based on the vision angles, he knew exactly how fast he was going. Endangering others on the road as well. A travesty that two young lives were lost due to poor decisions but that is the only similarity I see. Jenna shouldn’t even be a topic in this thread.

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Cat Wrangler March 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young man who passed. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this most heart-breaking time.

ale March 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Shouldn’t he have been in school instead of speeding down the freeway at 100mph? Its tragic that he died but its a miracle that he didnt take other drivers with him.

@44 March 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I couldn’t agree more. There’s no reason for a comparison.

Weeks to Baltimore O's March 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM

Rest in peace.

Bruno March 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I heard a while ago while watching a program on the human brain, how slowly the frontal cortex (the reasoning area) develops in teenagers. I think that this has been demonstrated time and again when ever we turn on the news lately.
In the latest case of speeding by this young man, I agree with the other posts here, why was a car like that put in the hands of a teenager. In this day and age of “give the kid what he wants” attitude by so many parents who have money, it is distressing to see that many young people have no grasp of the results of their stupid actions. Every kid should be driving an older car and even that should be monitored.

Why couldn't this have happened..... March 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

to David Rosen…???

Cowellian March 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I’m glad that no one else was hurt.

Danville teen’s freeway speeding ends in death

A 17-year-old Danville boy who died when he lost control of his car while speeding on Highway 24 in Lafayette was identified Friday as Anthony Grosso.

Grosso was driving recklessly and weaving in and out of traffic when he lost control of a 2014 Subaru Impreza …

SFGate: sfgate.com/crime/article/Danville-teen-s-freeway-speeding-ends-in-death-5297252.php

Reply to ranti March 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

First out of respect to the parents of Anthony, I need to say my deepest condolances.
That is an assumption that this tracker could have help. It could have assisted but maybe not prevented. Teens are smart and when they see they are being closely monitored, they TEMPORARILY change habits. They might keep driving better to get parents off their backs and then revert, or they will learn. But as statistics show, teens are still to young to grasp the severity of what damage this thing we call a car can do.

Skippy March 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I see these guys doing this all the time, passing me by like I was standing still and endangering me and everyone around me. Not sorry at all. He got what he deserved and luckily didn’t take anyone out with him. He didn’t give a damn about anyone else on the road that day, and not even himself apparently. When David Rosen did this, he killed two innocent people, and was lynched on Claycord for his behavior, but because this kid didn’t kill anyone, we’re supposed to feel sorry for him? Not me. One less jerk on the road to endanger my life. My sympathies lie with the people who did die that day at the hands of reckless drivers.

Bradford March 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

@ Cowellian: “Other than herself, Jenna put no one at risk.”

Tell that to the train operator who had to powerlessly watch the whole thing and now has to live with it.

Cowellian March 9, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Bradford, I agree that the train operator was undoubtedly traumatized, and my thoughts and prayers go out for him, too. But he wasn’t in any danger like the other people on Highway 24 were.

friend March 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Tony was the kind of kid that was always nice to everybody. I never once saw him pick on or be rude to another person. I started hanging out with him only a few months back and he was very kind and accepting towards me even though I was going through some hard times. although I didn’t know him for that long, I could tell that he did nothing to deserve this. RIP Tony I’ll always remember you. You made an impact on my life in a very short time.

Brenzzz March 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Tony was a great kid. Hella funny and he was my homie. Just for you guys saying his mom shouldn’t let him do this his mom passed away a few weeks before this accident. RIP tony ima miss you man

J March 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

he traded his old SUV in for a new Impreza recently, which was the car that he crashed in on HW24

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