Two young brothers, ages 12 and 13, are killed in holiday horror when California cops chase a hit-and-run driver

  • Police arrived at the scene of a two-car accident, one of which contained two boys aged 12 and 13
  • The boys were transported by ambulance to area hospitals but died from their injuries, police said
  • The driver of one of the cars fled on foot, police said

Authorities in a California community are searching for a hit-and-run suspect after a hit-and-run that killed two young brothers on Friday.

Police in Antioch — about 45 miles east of San Francisco — responded to reports of a traffic collision at an intersection around 11:30 p.m., the Antioch Police Department said in a statement.

Police arrived at the scene of the accident in two cars, among them two boys aged 12 and 13.

The boys – who have not yet been publicly identified – were transported by ambulance to area hospitals but died from their injuries, police said.

The driver of one of the vehicles, believed to be a black SUV, fled on foot.

Authorities in a California community are trying to find a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed two young brothers on Friday

Police in Antioch - about 45 miles east of San Francisco - responded to reports of a traffic collision at an intersection around 11:30 p.m., the Antioch Police Department said in a statement

Police in Antioch – about 45 miles east of San Francisco – responded to reports of a traffic collision at an intersection around 11:30 p.m., the Antioch Police Department said in a statement

A witness reported seeing a black SUV speeding by, which police say crashed into a fire hydrant.  The driver is believed to have fled on foot

A witness reported seeing a black SUV speeding by, which police say crashed into a fire hydrant. The driver is believed to have fled on foot

“Speed ​​and reckless driving appear to be factors in this incident,” police said in a statement.

A witness reported seeing the SUV speeding away, which appeared to then crash into a blue sedan as well as a fire hydrant.

He heard a crash and went to the scene, where he found a man still in the blue car, KGO-TV reported.

Witness Maurice Howell said he helped the man, believed to be the father of the two boys, and together they pulled one of the younger boys out of his car.

“The gentlemen said to take his children.” So we opened the back door to get his kids. The back door was too hard to (open). We opened the front door and got the little boy out,” he said.

The father, Howell added, tried to dress one of his sons under the water coming from the fire hydrant, hoping he would just pass out. Howell said he never responded.

Another neighbor told KTVU he heard the crash and rushed outside.

“Myself and other people from the neighborhood were breaking the car doors trying to get the young man out,” he said.

In the rush to help the boys, a witness saw two people running from the scene

In the rush to help the boys, a witness saw two people running from the scene

“Speed ​​and reckless driving appear to be factors in this incident,” police said in a statement

In his haste to help the boys, he noticed two people running away from the place.

“I just saw people running. Nobody cares who’s running, we’re just trying to save people’s lives,” he said.

The witness added that it was a horrific scene and the boys were clearly in a critical condition when they found them.

“There was blood all over his face. He was knocked out. I don’t know if it was his brother or his cousin or whoever, it was two young men. And we just pulled it out and started praying over it.

“And they were young.” All that could be seen was that their faces were young.

The next morning the fire hydrant was repaired as water was still gushing into the nearby chute.

Antioch police asked members of the public with information to contact the department.

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