“Horrific” car crash near Mills college claims Emeryville man’s life

Published On May 12, 2014 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

An early Sunday morning crash claimed the lives of two people including an Emeryville resident. 21-year-old Duwan Palmer of Emeryville was pronounced dead shortly after the crash and 28-year-old Kenisha Lewis died shortly after at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Palmer was sitting in the car’s back seat, and Lewis in the front passenger seat. The tragedy occurred approximately 2:15 am. when their white Toyota Corolla lost control while driving southbound on Seminary Avenue near Mills College at Outlook Avenue.

The vehicle veered off the road through a chain-link fence and collided with a tree. Three other people injured in the crash had to be extricated from the vehicle and were taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. The unidentified 25-year-old driver was picked up by Mills campus security a half-mile from the scene and taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries including broken bones. It was unclear from the report if she was trying to flee the scene or seek help.

Neighbors of the area expressed concern over the safety of the intersection because of the speed of the light change and the faster speeds people generally travel down the hill.

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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