Police looking for suspect that killed 2 brothers in Antioch hit-and-run crash

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A 12-year-old and 13-year-old have died after a hit-and-run crash in Antioch late Friday night, police said.

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- The search continues for a driver involved in Friday night's fatal hit-and-run that killed a 12-year-old and his 13-year-old brother, just a few blocks away from their home in Antioch.

Maurice Howell says he saw the speeding black SUV. Moments later, heard the crash. He rushed over and saw the dad asking for help to get his sons out of his car that was hit by the SUV.

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

He says the father, who was driving the car that was hit, wanted to put his son under the water shooting out from the hydrant, hoping that he was just passed out from impact of the crash.

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A passenger in a rental Zipcar was hit and killed following a double hit and run crash on Highway 13 in Oakland, the California Highway Patrol said.

"So, we put him in the water, but he never responded," Howell said.

Antioch police say the crash happened just after 11 p.m. at the intersection of G Street and West Sixth Street, near downtown Antioch. Police say the SUV driver took off on foot. The two boys were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Alecia Bryant lives just a few doors down from the intersection. She says part of the problem is that drivers ignore speed limit and the stop signs.

"You see a lot of fast cars driving by all the time. You have to really be careful especially at the stop sign, because they don't stop. And that's really scary. It really is," Bryant said.

Howell says, afterward, he drove the father home.

"Put myself in his shoes, and I don't know what I would be doing. My heart goes out for the family, 'cause it's tough around Christmas time, too. I hope they get the guys that did it," Howell says.

Police are still investigating if the SUV's speed caused the crash, or if the blue car failed to stop at the stop sign.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lieutenant Rick Martin at 925-779-6972 or the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925)778-2441.

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