Thomas O’Connell Dead, Damian Lopez-Avelino Arrested after Hit-and-Run on Oak Grove Road [Concord, CA]

Thomas O’Connell Dead, Damian Lopez-Avelino Arrested after Hit-and-Run on Oak Grove Road [Concord, CA]

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Thomas O’Connell Dead, Damian Lopez-Avelino Arrested after Hit-and-Run on Oak Grove Road [Concord, CA]

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CONCORD, CA (December 4, 2023) – A deadly hit-and-run crash on Oak Grove Boulevard Thursday evening took the life of Thomas O’Connell.

Authorities responded to the scene around 6:49 p.m., at the intersection of Oak Grove and Treat Boulevard. 

Upon arrival, officers learned that a second crash occurred at a nearby Oak Grove and Ryan Road. 

Shortly after, a passenger from one of the vehicles involved in the second crash died from his injuries at John Muir Hospital. He was later identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office as 86-year-old Thomas O’Connell, of Concord. 

Meanwhile, police arrested the suspect, 19-year-old Lopez-Avelino of Concord, for multiple charges including DUI, and felony hit-and-run. 

Those with additional information regarding the fatal hit-and-run are encouraged to contact the Concord Police Department at (925) 671-5065. Once available, further details will be provided.


Sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Thomas O’Connell. Our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.


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