Two people killed in a freeway collision in Agoura Hills were a professional billiards player and his older brother, a media report disclosed Thursday.
The victims’ names have not been officially released, but coaches and friends told the Los Angeles Daily News that the victims were 21-year-old Brendan Crockett of Woodland Hills, who had clinched a U.S. Junior National Billiards Championship and was a contender for this year’s U.S. national billiards team, and his 24-year-old brother, Jeff.
“Great kid, I think the world of him,” billiards ambassador Mark Wilson, captain of Mosconi Cup Team USA and coach of the Lindenwood University billiards program in St. Charles, Missouri, where Brendan Crockett was set to return this fall, told the newspaper. “Everything I wanted in a kid on my team, he had it.
“Big, powerful, fluid stroke. Very smart player. The loss to the nation — this is a kid who was going somewhere.”
The brothers were killed when their BMW struck a big rig while heading south on the 101 Freeway early Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol reported. Brendan Crockett was driving, according to the Daily News. The 12:16 a.m. crash north of Lewis Road left the BMW ablaze and lodged beneath the rear of the truck’s trailer. The truck driver was not hurt.
—City News Service