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2 Teenage Girls Who Died in Antioch Crash Identified

The Contra Costa County coroner's office has identified two teenage girls who died in a crash in Antioch Friday as 17-year-old Oakley resident Leana Rubin and 13-year-old Antioch resident Jaia Lightner.

At about 7 p.m. Friday, an SUV crashed into a tree near Lone Tree Way and Indian Hill Drive. One passenger was ejected from the vehicle, and five others were trapped inside and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Antioch police said the six young people had just left a basketball game at nearby Deer Valley High School when the wreck occurred.

Rubin and Lightner died, while the other four suffered injuries ranging from moderate to life-threatening, according to police.

The crash remains under investigation, but police said excessive speed and wet conditions were likely factors.

A community vigil is planned Tuesday at the crash scene, where candles will be lit at 7:30 p.m.

School district representatives said counselors were in place Monday morning for staff and students at Delta Vista Middle School, where Jaia was a student.

"As many of you are aware, we have experienced a tragic loss with the passing of our Jaia Lightner in a fatal car accident this weekend," Delta Vista principal Rusty Ehrlich posted on Twitter Sunday. "She was best known as energetic, thoughtful and had a smile that was contagious to all. She and her family will remain in our hearts."

At least three of the injured youths attended Antioch Unified School District schools, according to Superintendent Stephanie Anello.

"This is a truly tragic and sad event and our hearts ache for the victims, their families, and all who know and love them," Anello posted Saturday on the district's Facebook page.

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