ANTIOCH -- One teenager is dead and another was seriously injured after two cars were speeding and one crashed Friday night, police said.

Lt. John VanderKlugt said police responded to reports of the collision at 7:09 p.m. on Sterling Hill Drive and Hillcrest Avenue and found a silver sedan had hit a tree, ejecting two people.

A 17-year-old Antioch resident, a passenger in the car, was declared dead at the scene, and a 19-year-old Antioch resident, the driver, was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he underwent surgery late Friday for major injuries. The driver's condition was said to be "serious" late Saturday, according to Antioch police.

Emergency workers work on a silver Jaguar that crashed into a pole along Hillcrest Ave. and Sterling Hill Drive in Antioch, Calif., on Friday 13, 2013. One
Emergency workers work on a silver Jaguar that crashed into a pole along Hillcrest Ave. and Sterling Hill Drive in Antioch, Calif., on Friday 13, 2013. One person was taken by helicopter to John Muir Hospital and one person died at the scene of the accident. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

Family and friends using Twitter and Facebook identified the dead teen as Lydell Benjamin, 17, a student at Antioch's Deer Valley High School and sent out condolences via social media. Principal Ken Gardner also confirmed his passing and said the senior was popular among the school's staff and his fellow students: "We're going to have grief counselors on the campus all day Monday."

During the course of their investigation, police discovered that a second vehicle was invovled in the incident -- the driver of that car, an 18-year-old Antioch resident, has since called police and is cooperating with investigators, police said.

There are no signs the vehicles collided, but both had been travelling at a speed in excess of the posted limit, police said.


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Alcohol has not been determined to be a factor in the collision.

VanderKlugt, who was at the scene for some time, said the damage to the vehicle was "extremely extensive."

Police are not naming any of the parties involved in the incident due to the ongoing investigation.

Former Antioch Unified School District board member and 2012 City Council candidate Walter Ruehlig said that stretch of Hillcrest Avenue is a notorious site for speeding and accidents, and he has warned his grandson -- who lives nearby and just got his driver's license -- to drive there with caution.

"I travel it every day to and from work, and it's really something," Ruehlig said. "If you're going the speed limit, people are nudging at you from behind and looking at you like you're crazy."

Ruehlig noted that a girl was struck by a car and killed while crossing a nearby intersection on Hillcrest in February. Police at the time said speed did not appear to be a factor in the death of Black Diamond Middle School student Hasanati White, 14.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch police at 925-778-2441.