SAN PABLO (KRON) — A U.C. Berkeley baseball player survived a crash caused by an alleged drunk driver in San Pablo Saturday that killed four of the player’s family members.
Daryl Horn, 50, and Joseph Horn, 14, both of Napa, and Troy Biddle, 52, and Baden Biddle, 12, both of Bainbridge Island in Washington, died in the crash that happened at 8:10 p.m. Saturday near the San Pablo Dam Road off-ramp, according to the Contra Costa Coroner.
Jared Horn, a sophomore at Cal, has returned home after being treated at a hospital.
California Highway Patrol officials say a car traveling in an eastbound lane of I-80 crashed into another car causing the second car to flip over, land in the westbound lanes and collide with three other vehicles.
Officials say four passengers in the car that flipped over were killed.
Six people in other cars were injured.
The driver of the vehicle who allegedly caused the crash, 47-year-old Sacramento resident Fred Lowe, fled but was later arrested, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Lowe is being held on a $1.1 million bond and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI, hit and run, and driving with a suspended license.
“We cannot imagine what Jared is going through right now, and the thoughts and prayers of our entire Cal baseball community are with Jared and his family as they go through this time,” said Cal baseball head coach Mike Neu in a statement. “Jared is a respected and beloved member of our team as well as an incredible student-athlete, teammate and friend. We will give him any and all support that we can as he goes through this unthinkably difficult time.”
The families have released the following statement:
The Horn and Biddle families appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support from their communities.
Troy Biddle and Daryl Horn were beloved fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, friends and coaches. Baden Biddle (13) and Joe Horn (14) were beautiful, caring and innocent boys whose loss will be felt by all those who knew them. The families are focusing on supporting each other and ask for privacy during this time.
Amanda and Denise would appreciate if the message and memory of those lost were of their love of family and community. These men were dedicated to youth sports and mentoring children. Through the years they have had a tremendous impact on the lives of young boys and girls that their communities will benefit from for generations.
The dads and their boys spent their last day doing what they loved, playing in an annual father son basketball tournament. It was an amazing day filled with pride and laughter.
The surviving families consist of Amanda Horn (Biddle) and their daughter Devon Biddle (10), Denise Horn their daughter Greta and son Jared. The families have a deep love for each other and will use their strength to manage this difficult time.
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