High school student killed in crash at Concord

CONCORD, Calif. (KRON) – Tragedy strikes an East Bay high school after a student dies in an accident.

The 16-year-old was riding a bike when a car hit him last week. Police arrested a driver involved in the collision.

Jose Castillo, 16, was a student at Mount Diablo High School. He had only been there since January before he was killed last Friday.

The school district remembers Jose with a heavy heart and they want his memory alive.

The intersection of Galindo Street and Clayton Road was the scene of a tragedy. The accident involved several cars.

Mount Diablo High School principal Lorne Barbosa said Castillo is from El Salvador and is looking forward to learning in America.

The teenager’s death was heartbreaking for the school community.

Concord police say they arrested a 28-year-old driver who now faces a charge of manslaughter, but the cause of the crash and whether drugs or alcohol were involved still matters. the subject of an investigation.

Counselors were made available to students to help them through the grief of losing Jose.

Mount Diablo School Superintendent Adam Clark suggested parents speak with their children during this sensitive time.

Principal Barbosa says this accident shows how precious life can be.

Jose’s family is trying to raise money to send his body back to his native El Salvador.

School staff are planning a way to honor his life in the coming weeks.

Martha K. Merrill