Pro Surfer Milton Willis In Critical Condition After Car Accident; Friend Killed

As reported by The San Diego Tribune

DEL MAR: A 24-year-old man was killed in an early morning crash yesterday as he rode in a car driven by a professional local surfer, well-known in California and Hawaii for running big-wave surfing lessons with his twin brother.

Bradley James Dillahunty, of Laguna Niguel, was killed on impact, and Milton Willis, 51, of Solana Beach was critically injured in the accident at 2 a.m.

Accident investigators believe Willis may have driving under the influence of alcohol, sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Webb said.

Willis and his twin, Michael, run a surfing camp in Del Mar. The duo made a name for themselves as big-wave surfers in California and Hawaii. They give motivational talks and surfing seminars, and they wrote a book titled “Discover the Greatness in You.”

Willis was driving a Toyota Avalon north on Coast Boulevard and ran a stop sign at 20th Street, Webb said.

The car was estimated to be going more than 65 mph in a 25 mph zone. The car bottomed out and went out of control. The Toyota slid across the southbound lane and hit a parked car, then hit a tree, spun around and hit a parked car in a driveway, Webb said.

Dillahunty, who worked as a musician, was killed. Willis was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown partially out of a rear window. He remained in critical condition last night at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, a hospital spokeswoman said.