High Speed I-80 Exit Claims Two Lives

Tuesday May 04, 2004

A single car accident that began on the University Avenue Interstate 80 overpass early Sunday claimed the life of a Berkeley man and a 19-year-old passenger. 

The Alameda County Coroner’s office identified the driver as Anthony Lane, 30, of Berkeley. He was driving his 1995 Buick Regal from Oakland to Berkeley at 7 a.m. when he took the University Avenue exit at a high rate of speed, according to California Highway Patrol officer R.E. Caggiano. 

Lane lost control of the car, sideswiping a pillar before it slammed into a tree and a tiled concrete wall at the northeast corner of Eastshore Highway and Hearst Avenue. 

Killed along with Lane was a passenger, identified by the coroner as Brittany Breazeale, 18 of Oakland. Berkeley paramedics rushed a second passenger, an 18-year-old Oakland woman, to Highland Hospital for treatment of a broken right arm and clavicle. 

Caggiano said both Lane and the injured passenger were wearing seatbelts. The fatally injured passenger was not.