Bay Area rapper Young Curt killed in Contra Costa County car crash

Bay City News
Monday, June 29, 2020
Bay Area rapper Young Curt killed in car crash in Contra Costa Co.
A Bay Area rapper known as young Kurt died after his car crashed off of Byron Highway in eastern Contra Costa County early Monday morning.

BYRON, Calif. -- A 27-year-old man died after a rollover crash off Byron Highway in eastern Contra Costa County early Monday morning, according to officials.

The Contra Costa Coroner's Office identified him as 27-year-old Curtis Denton Jr. from Antioch, better known as prominent Bay Area rapper Young Kurt, according to The Mercury News.

Around 2 a.m., officers responded to Byron Highway just north of Holey Road and found Denton lying on the dirt shoulder outside of a 2019 Dodge Charger.

He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Antioch, but died of his injuries there, CHP said.

Investigators determined that Denton was speeding southbound on Byron Highway and didn't navigate a turn in the roadway, striking the dirt shoulder and rolling the vehicle over several times.

He apparently was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected through the sunroof.

Fans and celebrities took to Twitter to express their remorse of Denton's death. Many described him as a Bay Area legend, who pioneered the rap scene from the Bay Area to Los Angeles.

Authorities have not yet determined if impairment was a factor, and are still investigating.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the CHP's Contra Costa-area office at (925) 646-4980