Bay Area rapper Young Curt dies in Byron Highway crash

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON/BCN) — A popular Bay Area rapper died in a crash in Contra Costa County Monday morning, according to authorities.

The 27-year-old Antioch man died after a rollover crash off of Byron Highway.

The Contra Costa Coroner’s Officer identified the victim as Curtis Denton Jr., a local rapper known as Young Curt.

California Highway Patrol officers had responded at 2:04 a.m. to Byron Highway just north of Holey Road and found Denton lying on the dirt shoulder outside of a 2019 Dodge Charger.

An ambulance took him to a hospital in Antioch but he died of his injuries there.

Investigators determined Denton was speeding south on Byron Highway and didn’t navigate a turn in the roadway, striking the dirt shoulder and rolling the vehicle over several times, according to the CHP.

He was apparently not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected through the sunroof.

Authorities have not determined if impairment was a factor in the crash, CHP officials said.

Fans and other musicians mourned his death on social media.

Bay City News contributed to the this report.

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