Richmond

Man fleeing minor crash flips car, dies

A man who police said tried to flee a small collision Tuesday afternoon died after his car flipped on the Richmond Parkway near Hilltop Mall.

The wreck happened about noon and shut down Richmond Parkway in the westbound direction between Blume Drive and San Pablo Avenue, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The normally busy stretch of road remained closed for most of the afternoon, she said.

The 33-year-old man was driving a car that had been involved in a minor collision earlier at the Richmond Parkway exit off westbound Interstate 80, Abetkov said.

According to Abetkov, when police arrived to investigate the wreck near the exit, the man took off down Richmond Parkway and never slowed down. As he approached the Bella Vista Apartment complex, at 3400 Richmond Parkway near Blume Drive, the car flipped.

Police had not determined why the man fled, Abetkov said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Richmond

Suspect vehicle rams car; two critically hurt

Two people were critically injured after a car fleeing from police slammed into them Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials.

The crash was reported around 3:50 p.m. on Macdonald Avenue at Sixth Street, fire officials said. Both patients were rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek -- one by ambulance and one by helicopter -- shortly after the crash.

Police were pursuing a suspect vehicle for unknown reasons when the driver crashed into the victims' car near Macdonald Avenue and Sixth Street. Three suspects in the other car fled on foot after the crash.

Two were caught by police and taken into custody while the third remained on the loose, fire officials added. None of the suspects was believed to be seriously injured.

No police vehicles were involved in the crash.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Berkeley

UC private donations hit a record high

The University of California brought in a record $1.64 billion in private donations in the last year, surpassing $1.5 billion for the third year in a row, according to an annual report that will be presented to the UC Regents on Wednesday.

The number of donors -- nearly 300,000 -- is also rising, said Daniel Dooley, senior vice president for external relations.

About 30 percent of the contributions went to research.

The growing importance of donors in the 10-campus university system is reflected in the number of endowed chairs, or professorships: 81 in 1980, compared to 1,700 today.

The giving is mostly tied to specific projects, though, making it unlikely that private donations will ease the system's reliance on public funding, Dooley said.

-- Katy Murphy, Staff

El Cerrito

Richmond teen struck, killed on BART tracks

A 16-year-old Richmond boy died on the BART tracks in El Cerrito on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The teen was killed on the tracks at the El Cerrito del Norte station, authorities said. El Cerrito High School officials confirmed that he was a junior at the school; grief counselors were made available for students after they became aware of the death.

The death is believed to be a suicide, and the incident is still under investigation, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

Service was halted through the station at 5:17 a.m. and resumed full operation just after 8 a.m., officials said.

If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of depression or suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, round-the-clock support, information and resources for help. Reach the lifeline at 800-273-8255.

-- Harry Harris and Rick Hurd, Staff

Martinez

Motorcyclist killed in crash from Clayton

A motorcyclist killed in a crash near Martinez on Monday night was identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office as 20-year-old Clayton resident Karl Barber.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Barber was seen down in the bike lane at 5:17 p.m. on Franklin Canyon Road at Cummings Skyway. Emergency crews were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Oakland

Teen charged in bus attack to enter plea

A 16-year-old accused of setting a sleeping teen's skirt on fire on an AC Transit bus appeared in court Tuesday.

Richard Thomas, an Oakland High School student who has been charged as an adult, returns to court at 9 a.m. Friday to enter a plea.

Thomas is accused of lighting 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire as Fleischman slept in a rear seat of the bus on Nov. 4, according to police.

Thomas told police he lit Fleischman's skirt on fire because "he was homophobic," according to a police probable cause statement. Fleischman, a senior at Maybeck High School in Berkeley who is recovering from second- to third-degree burns, does not identify as male or female but as "nonbinary" gender. Fleischman often wears a skirt, according to friends and family.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

RICHMOND

Board discusses bond sales, strategic plan

The West Contra Costa school board will meet Wednesday to hear reports on bond sales and construction activities, accept the final strategic plan and award a construction contract.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, 3400 MacDonald Ave.

The district's bond finance team will report on the sale of $125 million in general obligation bonds from voter-approved measures.

Trustees expect to award a contract for more than $13.4 million for construction of an El Cerrito High stadium using funds from a 2010 bond measure.

The board also expects to accept a final strategic plan to be implemented in 2014-15.

More information is available by calling 510-231-1101 or visiting www.wccusd.net. Click on Nov. 13 agenda.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

PLEASANT HILL

Trustees to vote on charter school plan

The Contra Costa County Board of Education expects to vote Wednesday on the proposed Summit K2 Charter School, which was denied by the West Contra Costa school board in August.

Summit Charter Public Schools is seeking to open a new campus in El Cerrito that would serve 700 students in grades 7-12 within six years. County staff recommends conditional approval of the proposed school.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the County Office of Education, 77 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill. More information is available at www.cocoschools.org.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

Pinole

City holds disposal day for residents

The city will hold Dumpster Day on Saturday to allow residents a way to dispose of a wide variety of household items and appliances at one central location.

The event is open only to Pinole residents, who will have to show a current photo ID or utility bill. Many items ranging from clothing to furniture, appliances and e-waste will be accepted.

For more information, contact the Pinole Public Works Department at 510-724-9010.

-- Tom Lochner, Staff