Fatal Collision Shuts Down Marsh Creek Road Near the Clayton City Limits

June 1, 2012 22:51 pm · 166 comments

A fatal collision, which occurred at about 10:15 on Friday night, has forced the closure of Marsh Creek Road near the Clayton city limits until at least 1am on Saturday morning.

Details of the collision aren’t available, but CHP says it was a van -vs- a sedan.

Please use caution if you’re in the area.

UPDATE, 11:35pm: We’re now hearing two people have died, although that has not been confirmed by the California Highway Patrol.

UPDATE, 3:30am: The road is now open. We’re hearing both people killed (two young men) were graduates of Clayton Valley High School.

just me June 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Figured it was bad when Engine 11 was asking for more help, kept hearing all the traffic. Now it’s ConFIRE and CalFire working it together trying to extricate at least one person.

Clayton Mom June 1, 2012 at 11:05 PM

That is a very dangerous road especially at night. My heart goes out the the families who list their loved ones. So sad.

Robert Blakemore June 1, 2012 at 11:11 PM

It came over my scanner as a double fatal collision

Blah June 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

That road scares me ! people drive like idiots.

Concernicus June 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM

who was it fatal to?

C Lo June 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

@ Concernicus

Karma will get you.

anonymous June 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Oh my… We have so many friends and acquaintences out there and many moms w mini vans we know…. So so scary. 🙁 I’m going to be thinking of this all night and prayers to the families involved.

Robert Blakemore June 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Now it sounds like it may be 1 man and a chaplain is going there to meet his family. Very sad this person was alive 2 hours ago. Never know what can happen. Anyways not sure how many victims there are. Now it sounds like it may be just 1 which is too many.

Lari June 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM

@Blah – I agree with you and I’m a good driver. It’s the other people on that road who freak me out. There’s always someone who tailgates you around corners/making you want to go faster. I just pull over as fast as I can. The other problem is oncoming traffic – those who can’t hug the corners and come into your lane. I wonder if that’s what happened here. Terrible.

anon June 1, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I hate that road during the day, which is why I have never driven it at night. My condolences to those involved.

Darwin June 1, 2012 at 11:39 PM


Witness June 1, 2012 at 11:40 PM

My family and I drove up and where one of the first groups on the scene. My aunt who was with us who is an ex nurse said the accident did not look good…

Anonymous? Yes. June 1, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Well…this is terrible.

Witness June 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM

2 fatalities 🙁

grumpy June 2, 2012 at 12:31 AM

This is the worst road..last Saturday a rollover we saw ..thank goodness the driver survived..rip.my heart and prayers go out to the families ..drive safely u won’t get there any faster ..

passerby June 2, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Are you kidding me? Karma will get you? This is NOT from karma.. maybe if you saw how horrific this accident was you would be thinking differently. I drove by right after and it was as if it were straight from a movie. Rest in peace to these victims and my prayers go out to their families. Let this be a lesson to drive as safe as possible on this road.

Josh June 2, 2012 at 12:57 AM

@passerby – He was talking to Concernicus, not about the victims. The one thing I’ve learned from driving is to never trust other drivers… terrible accident, worst way to lose someone.

anon666 June 2, 2012 at 1:06 AM

@ anon #10

I’d rather drive that road at night. At lest you can watch for headlights and know when you have another car coming towards you. During the day you don’t know until you actually see the car.

Same goes for Alhambra Valley Rd. in Martinez (going towards Bear Creek). I don’t feel safe driving on it during the day due to all the bicyclist and people that can’t stay in their own lane. A friend of mine lives out that way and I’ve had many close calls on there.

An0n June 2, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Their names are Brian and Hayden

Student June 2, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Two former Clayton valley graduates passed away in the accident.. Brian wheeler and Hayden trost.

sad mom :'( June 2, 2012 at 1:46 AM

My 18 year old knows the two young men that died in this accident… And this is tragic. Without knowing many details, I just want say that my heart hurts for their families… Thoughts and pra
yers are going out.

Anonomom2 June 2, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Life is fragile…My Dad taught me to drive . “”Don’t go so fast, don’t be too slow… Go.with the naural flow of traffic”! Words he said to me in 1974… Still good today! Don’t let emotion be your “driver”… Relax you will get there alive, do not be too laid back, you actually invite road rage!

db coops June 2, 2012 at 2:06 AM

probably more racefox driving

Friend June 2, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Rip to the victims and respect, love and prayers to their families. A truly kind and loving soul passed on tonight. They won’t ever be forgotten. So sad 🙁

Just me :( June 2, 2012 at 2:54 AM

I’m gathering the names of the victims are Brian Wheeler and Hayden Trost. Such a sad sad nite. My thoughts and prayers are with their family’s. 🙁

friend June 2, 2012 at 3:39 AM

rip trost & wheeler my prayers go out to ur familys u will be mist but never forgotten

joatmon June 2, 2012 at 3:46 AM

I don’t know what happened but my condolences to the family/families. This is a dangerous road, all too often people think that 5-10 over the limit is acceptable but not so much on this road. Hairpin turns, darkened areas and speeders from the other direction contribute to catastophies. Please adhere to the speed limits on this road. I am so sorry for anyones loss 🙁

Person June 2, 2012 at 3:50 AM

So sad!! Two Clayton valley boys they were good kids:((

michelle June 2, 2012 at 4:58 AM

what type/color was the van?

Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Brian Wheeler & Hayden Trost dead

Shiloh June 2, 2012 at 5:38 AM

@C Lo, What are you talking about? I think he’s wondering if it was the person in the van or the car.

JJ June 2, 2012 at 5:55 AM

@passerby – I think maybe “C lo” was telling “concernicus” that karma will get him/her because they seem to be a little flip about the accident with their comment “who wAs it fatal to”. At least I hope it was just a silly comment because two lives were lost which is very sad. Prayers go out to the families involved.

Horse'n Around June 2, 2012 at 6:14 AM

@ Lari. You’re so right about people who turn corners and then are in your lane. Always freaks me out to see some idiot coming into my lane around one of those sharp turns. Then… throw in those people who ride their bikes. Sorry, but that road is not ment to have bycicylists sharing the road with cars. I feel sorry for the families.

MeryT June 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

@16- passerby- please go back and re-read #5 post and then # 6 post….
The karma remark was meant for #5…..

What the F... June 2, 2012 at 6:32 AM

Was one of the cars involved an old model red integra? 2 door?

friend June 2, 2012 at 6:37 AM

rest in paradise hayden and brian you two will never be forgotten.. syotos

Cowellian June 2, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Marsh Creek always made me nervous, even in good weather.

CLAYton-conCORD June 2, 2012 at 7:05 AM

This is NOT news I like hearing first thing in the morning…..
Luckily foe me and my family, I don’t have to drive this road. Even when I need to get to Brentwood and know there is traffic, I’ll sit in traffic any day, rather then having to take Marsh Creek.
These people will be in my thoughts today.

anon June 2, 2012 at 7:09 AM

The karma comment was directed at the person who said “fatal for who?” Relax, breathe. Read again.

Jason June 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Yeah, this road is a curvy freeway at commute hours.

Wasn’t made for that. I’ve been impatient behind someone on this road. This accident will make me more patient – before I become a patient.

Pleasant Jenny June 2, 2012 at 7:33 AM

All of the prayers in the world to the families of these young men.

Palermo June 2, 2012 at 7:49 AM

We were just over there recently, broad daylight, and it’s true, we were going what I thought was rather fast but people were right on our behind. Everybody needs to slow down and enjoy the scenery. My condolences to the families …

Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 7:54 AM

@ passerby

The karma post for for a previous post by Concernicus you idiot. Learn how to read!

Shasta Daisy June 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Prayers to their family and friends.

Sassy June 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

RIP Hayden and Brian. Praying for your families …

ma58 June 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

my prayers and thoughts for there families RIP hayden and brian you will be missed!!!!!!!!!

Melissa June 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

@ C Lo ~ Karma? You should choose your words wisely. One of the victim is my cousin

Fred P. June 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

As many accidents and traffic violations ass I see there, I’m surprised that the CHP isn’t out there enforcing things….

Walnut Creek Resident June 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I am so sorry for the young men’s families and all the hurt they are having today and for the rest of their lives. It is too bad that young men usually
get into trouble when they drive. Their brains have not fully developed, and they think nothing can happen to them. They are risk takers when driving and doing sports and can really get hurt or killed. That is a fact. People drive so fast on that road. I hate them for that. You cannot
drive the speed limit without looking in your rear view mirror to see the
angry flipped out speed demons. They are not young either. They are selfish me first folks who want to get home and to hell with everybody
else. I do not know the details of that accident so it is possible it was not the young men’s fault. Fault finding does not help the pain, but staying
away from Marsh Creek Road is a good idea if you can avoid it!!!

budjen June 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

i can’t believe i drove past it…and i didn’t recognize who it was. crazy respect for you two guys. i didn’t know brian but any friend of hayden’s must have been a good kid. this is such a shame. i hope their loss keeps someone else from going off the road. one can only hope.

An0n June 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

i knew them well. just cant picture this happening.

Pucky June 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Any ideas as to what caused it? Was this on a hill? A curve?

Loving life June 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Brian and Hayden, enjoy paradise in arms of God, RIP❤
All my prayers to the families of these two young men, my heart cries for you.

goodheart June 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of these two lost boy’s. Way to young. I have a teenager learning to drive with such fear and these stories are why. I know by my brother first hand boy’s , men think they are invincible! Please slow down, take causion and care with your live’s and those around you. Life is short and it’s these tragic examples that bring that to light. God Bless and help family and friends heal!

anon June 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who have lost these two boys. Such a tragedy.

Professional driver June 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM


You people that are complaining about Marsh Creek Road obviously don’t know how to drive it. First of all CC Times has posted the location of the accident and it’s just past the Pumpkin patch on a straight section of road so it’s not even remotely close to the winding road section. Most likely cause in that area is that one of the drivers crossed over into the other lane which caused the head on collision.

brad June 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I knew brian from highschool, can’t believe he’s gone. that’s two young Clayton valley grads within a couple months

chopper June 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

To bad! so sad! Were any of the 2 vehicles involved Texting, talking on the phone or were they just speeding? All of the above = nothing but bad news behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Jeff June 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Prayers for the deceased, their friends, and their families…RIP

Mad Mom June 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Prayers and respect for the family and friends of these young men. So sad 🙁

anonamiss June 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Two more young lives gone in a blink of an eye. Condolences to the parents. Sad.
Everyone be safe and slow down…….

anon June 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

It is interesting that people are so desperate to comment that they don’t even bother to understand before they start writing.

Does anyone listen anymore?

Mrs. A June 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

My condolences to the 2 families that lost their loved ones but I agree with everyone else about Marsh Creek. I have a horse boarded out there and I like to drive leisurely and enjoy the road & scenery but instead I have many jackasses tailgating me and even passing me on curves in a big hurry. Scares the living daylights outta me. If they want to drive so fast, take the damn freeway.

Again so sorry about the 2 boys and people slow down when driving Marsh Creek, you’ll get to your destination and maybe allow others to get to theirs.

Helen Wheeler June 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

A devastating loss for both families. Our hearts are broken.

Old friend June 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Hayden and Brian I knew you guys for a short time and so sad to hear this. My heart broke. I know we wernt extremely close but your life’s have effected mine and You will be missed. Two great boys. RIP. Much love to the families also.

Stavie June 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Rest in Peace Brian and Hayden

JustMe June 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Such sad news. Praying for all involved. This WILL slow me down when I drive on that road from now on. What a terrible tragedy.

Chuckie June 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Too many people treat Marsh Creek Road as 1) a freeway for commuters, or 2) a mountain race course (for bikes, motorcycles, cars).

I used to drive the road a lot and had to work on it. I’m kind of a lead foot, and yet even I found myself pulling over several times a trip to let the speeders/tailgaiters pass me up. I also have a numer of near misses with the large construction trucks speeding through the turns and using both lanes.

As for the young men killed in this accident, we will need to wait for the investigation to determine cause and responsibility. No matter what, at least two families are hurting.

Minutemom June 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

My thoughts & prayers go out to these hurting families…:(

Damnnnn June 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

RIP Brian and Hayden. See you guys again one day. Forever youll be missed.. :(((

Russ June 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I am so sorry to hear about the young men that died last night. My wife and i were on our way home last night and were stopped because of the accident.We prayed with some of you. The questions about why, or how this could happen are difficult to answer to say the very least. There are no one liners that can make it all better. we spend our time trying to assign blame on someone or something. the truth is this; it is a tragedy. Brian and Hayden’s lives mattered. My wife and i witnessed this as their friends and family arrived who loved them. we can not fix all the tragedy in life. But we can choose to love. If any of you need to talk, email me and i will respond as quickly as possible. We continue to pray for you, your faces and grief on etched on our hearts and in our minds.We love you, keep crying out to God, say whats on your mind because he loves you and can take it. russthegatechurch@gmail.com

Bob June 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Well it was an accident and right now the reason is unknown. That is a dangerous area to drive but so are so many other places. Unfortunately there are alot of inconsiderate selfish drivers who grew up without any common courtesy and it only seems to be getting worse. People know when there is no law enforcement prescence at times and you can see alot of drivers going 20 mph or more over the posted speed limits. I like the back road but there always seems to be people tailgaiting and trying to run people off the road. Maybe it is time to start impounding the cars of owners who are repeat violators to send a message. Too many people are getting hurt. But all we know right now is it was an accident that took 2 lives. It just hits closer to home.

Michael Cooke June 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I miss my friends :'(

Seal June 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

RIP Brian and Hayden–your friends are missing you already.

..... June 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

i went to high school with these guys. two of the coolest people youd ever meet. its so sad that this happened to such good men.

Melissa A June 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Don’t know the boys but my friend from bowling is Brian’s sister:( so sad. Rip.

another sad mom June 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM

My two kids just lost two more friends, I did not know them but I am told that they were wonderful guys. My kids’ hearts are broken for the loss of their friends. Prayers to the families for what must be the most difficult time in their lives. This is every parents worst fear. Kids please be careful out there.

Christina June 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM

So sad.i was at work today and someone told me about this crash so I went to talk to my co-worker because she is from the concord area.ten min later my co-worker received a phone call all I could hear was my co-worker crying and unable to breath she received a call about the two young boys in the crash one of the boys was her family..a sad chain of events.my heart goes out to the family’s

Real June 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

There was a big group of friends with them, they had 5 cars coming back from the delta including Brians brother two cars back. It was a head on collision with a big van. They were good guys. So close to being home makes this so much harder I’m sure. Sorry to all affected RIP

David Rosen June 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

RIP Brian and Hayden, you guys were always cool

Anon June 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

RIP Brian, I promise that we will all watch out for Em.

Ms. Jean June 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Bless the families and friends. Know that we are with you in heart and thought.

anon June 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

“Two more young lives gone in a blink of an eye.’
Car crashes are like that

Wait for the investigation, blood alcohol, cell phone records & see who was on the wrong side of the road.

No one pays attention to “Every 15 minutes”

jj June 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

RIP the good die young

caskydiver June 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

How tragic – my condolences to the families of these young guys.

I’ve driven Marsh Creek Road hundreds of times over the past 16 or so years and I am always mindful that there are a LOT of reckless drivers out there. While I admit to being a “lead-foot”, I will always get passed by someone and sometimes that happens as I am rouding a sharp turn! I cannot believe how so many people have no forethought to what can happen to them or the poor people that may be coming from the other direction that they cannot see.

I am also STRONGLY opposed to cyclists using this road. Yes, it is a scenic road and is a very tempting cyclists to pedal from Clayton to Brentwood and enjoy the scenery, but the fact remains that there physically isn’t enough space for a car to safely pass a cyclist on that road. And I don’t know of any motorist, regardless of how careful they are, that will stay behind a cyclist for the 15 or so miles it takes to get to Byron. Cyclists don’t belong on that road – and I am very surprised that more cyclists haven’t been struck.

Going back the the tragic accident….I understand it was on the stretch of straight road near Roadie’s. That stretch of road is straight and is fairly wide for Marsh Creek Road standards. Someone had to have crossed the road into the other lane. Regardless of who was at fault, a terrible lesson has yet once again occurred on America’s streets. Will we never learn?

God bless all the victims (both living and deceased) of this tragedy.

Shelly June 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Our family has known Brian and Hayden for several years and have had the pleasure of seeing them grow into hard working young men. We will miss their smiles, patience and kindness. Our love goes out to their families.

A. June 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I’ve driven that road many time at various times of the day, it is scary especially when people ride your ass, to which I won’t even pull over to let them pass. I’m not gonna let them go around me and continue to drive like an idiot… so sorry you will get stuck behind me, driving at a responsible speed limit. And I refuse to drive that road in the fog! It’s absolutely impossible to see the road let alone anything else!

@Professional Driver #56 June 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

You sound like a clueless, arrogant know-it-all who lacks basic common sense. I am one of the many “you people” who respect the fact that I have to drive differently/more cautiously on Marsh Creek than on say, Ygnacio Valley Rd or Highway 4, unlike other Red Bull-fueled maniacs who want to drive it like they’re on a highway/freeway.

Your statement that we complainers just don’t know how to drive it is a giveaway that you’re probably one of those “special people” (aka butt riders) who think they’re so amazingly talented and skilled behind the wheel that they don’t have to slow down on Marsh Creek like “ordinary people” and that speed limits are for pussies.

If you spend any time at all on Marsh Creek, you’ll also know that it doesn’t matter whether it’s a straight stretch or series of curves, the whole corridor is a maniac-magnet. The straight section you’re talking about is one of the worst, coming into the town of Clayton from the Pumpkin Patch area. The speed demons’ pent-up frustration from driving the curves boils over as he/she finally nears “civilization” and leaves the windy road. I’ve had people gun it and pass me at 70-80 when Marsh Creek splits into 2 lanes approaching town (only to meet them at the light, lol). And I wasn’t driving like an old man with a hat. I usually meet or exceed the speed limit to keep up with the flow of traffic.

I’m proud to say I have a healthy respect for driving that road.

My deepest condolences to the families of these 2 boys. Whatever the cause, we should all be focusing on supporting them.

wooga June 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

i just feel awful for the families of these young men… it really doesnt matter who was at fault right now… dont blame at this moment… hold on to your kids & family & pray for these families!!! my heart goes out to them & cant imagine losing either of my kids, family member or friend in such an awful accident… hold on the God tightly… i pray for peace 🙁

Steve Hart June 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I drove tow truck in the area for many years,can’t even count how many horrible accidents I worked on Marsh Creek,thoughts and prayers to all involved.

robert cardone June 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Brian was loved by everyone who knew him. Im devistated my family is devistated. my prayrs will be constant for hayden and brians family.if you know the the familys support them in their time of need ,

Concernicus June 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

@6: just like it gets the pedophiles in the catholic church system? ooo, im scared.

simple question: who were the victims?
calm down.

Concernicus June 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

@32: yes, i was “a little flip”, because guess what? people die every day. i dont know these people enough to mourn them, so im not going to get all teary eyed over it, and excuse me for not being pretentious enough to fake giving a damn about people ive never even laid eyes on before.
death happens. it happens to everyone. even the people who whine about karma, will die someday in some way.
“fatal collision” when 2 cars are involved is a bit vague. i posted my comment when the story first came out. it couldve meant that 1 driver died. it couldve meant that a bunch of people died. i was asking for clarity, and got booed because some wuss out there thinks i need to have a hanky in hand and therapist at my side in order to do so. cripes.

Family friend June 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Really concernicus have a heart for the family’s!!!!!

Anon June 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM


why bother commenting then? if things do NOT matter if you didn’t know them nor do you care.. why would you view the page.. how rude of you to sit here and speak with such carelessness. No one said you needed to do anything.. but for goodness sake.. it does matter to a lot of people as well as it effecting their families and loved ones lives and to see this… you should be ashamed.

Marsh Creek Resident June 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

If #79 is true, and the boy’s car was the one headed towards Clayton, by the looks of the skid marks, they veered into the oncoming lane. The stretch they wrecked in is fairly straight, but there are a few slight curves in that stretch. I came across the skid marks on my way to work this morning.
But, while everyone is concerned about the boys that passed, do you know the man they hit was in the hospital and his innocent dog that was a passenger was also hospitalized?
I live on Marsh Creek, and have had countless careless drivers fly off the hillside and land on my property. The way people drive this road is rediculous. SLOW DOWN, this is NOT the FREEWAY. If you want to go fast, take the HIGHWAY. Most mornings I have to wait several minutes to pull out of my own driveway because of the amount of cars that take this road. And I can’t count how many times, while pulling into my driveway the a$$holes that drive Marsh Creek can’t get off my tail, and have the balls to pass me over the double yellow line as I’m in the middle of turning LEFT.
I’ve spent many nights waiting for the fire engine to arrive to care to these dumba$$es and waiting for the tow truck to get their heap of metal off of my property. You think us who drive the road accordingly are inconveniencing you, when in reality, you are inconveniencing us who live out here with your careless driving.

Eric Barnhart June 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Wow…Brian was a great kid. Hard to believe he is gone.

Family friend June 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Marsh creek resident have a heart for the families who lost their loved ones!!!!!

KBEV June 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Very sad.. RIP to the boys & condolences to the families.
Does anyone know how the man & dog are that were in the van?

kcaZ June 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Rest in paradise brian and hayden you guys are awsome ill see you up there someday (and dont worry ill look out for both your brothers)

friend June 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

i will miss you two very much R.I.P ):

*Ashley June 2, 2012 at 9:01 PM

This is horrible! My thoughts & prayers go out to all the families involved. & for all of you heartless people that have nothing better to do than write hurtful things on here GET A LIFE. Two kids have been killed. These parents will never see their sons again, Siblings are never going to see their brothers again, and your writing comments with no respect at all to these families. Put yourself in their shoes.. How would you feel seeing all this after your son just died. Not cool at all. If you have nothing positive to say on here please do not say anything. Wheeler family i am so sorry for your loss, & will keep you guys in my prayers. Xoxo

@Professional Driver #88 June 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I disagree with your attitude when it comes to common sense on that road. I drive at or just above the speed limit and have been driving both Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek roads for well over 20+ years. The majority of the issues is because most people should not drive the road. I constantly catch up to people who drive well under the speed limit. Does that make me arrogant, not at all. Just a better and more careful driver.
I am one of those men who have been in an accident on Marsh Creek Road and almost lost my life and I feel it every day. I respect the road but also know how to drive it, maybe you should too. If you ever want to have a conversation about it I’m more than happy to oblige!!

Remember, this thread is about the lost lives of two young men and the lives that are now affected by what happened…..

Curious June 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Does anyone know the names of the Trost boy’s parents?

Fitgirl June 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

@curious. His step dad is Steve Peters . He and his wife are awesome people. He is the custodian at Silverwood Elementary. Great guy.

Curious June 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Thanks Fitgirl,

I went to school with some Trost kids that lived on Morgan Territory and was wondering if they were related.

Shiloh June 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM

@marshcreekresident, I understand what you’re saying and don’t think you are being disrespectful.
This is a news blog, not an obituary column. I think that expressing condolences here is a very natural thing to do after reading such terrible news, but that’s not the only reason the mayor posts the story. It’s a news story and if it sparks a discussion that gets people thinking about, in this instance, the dangers of speeding ETC on Marsh Creek Rd, then that is a good thing. Hopefully it will stop some people from doing it and save some lives in the future.

LR June 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

No one has the right to point a finger until facts have been provided.. Hayden is family, and regardless of who’s at fault, lives will never ne the same for the ripples of family & friends extending off ALL 3 victims. Hayden Trosts parents names are Brad Trost @ Lynn ??

LR June 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

When we do know who’s at fault, does that make a difference? Really though. I’ve lost countless people to tragedies like this and don’t hold a grudge towards a single soul. I just don’t understand the logic in that. Focus on learning from LIFE @ cherishing who @ what you have left.

witness June 2, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I have to give out my heart to the families and friends of these young people….this is tragically another traffic incident of many that happens in front of my home~! I have to say that many accidents happen in front of my home all the time….I mean all the time. Maybe this tragedy will stop another death or accident on my door step! The fact is it takes so long in a response time to act because we are on the boarder of emergency services! Emergency services cannot decide what is the jurisdiction …response time is delayed!!!!!!!!! I think this is bull… so many incidents happen because the road is not taken care of !!!!!!! Marsh creek Road is a dangerous road and response time is imperative to safety and the life of the living! It is a time of change in the names of who died……….we need change on Marsh Creek road ………..What more is it going to take…this can not br dismissed as another

anon.. June 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

its sad to see people fighting over the death of two young boys… R.I.P you guys are missed greatly already. to the families , i know its hard. stay strong.

anon June 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Mr. Steve is a great guy, the Silverwood family are sad today and have sent our deepest condolences to him and his family.

Nick Feezy June 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Brian was loved by everybody he was friends with, hes a good guy, his spirit and memories will always live. thoughts and prayers go out to the families and who ever he was close with or friends with. Rest In Peace Brian Wheeler and Hayden Trost.

WITNESS June 2, 2012 at 10:57 PM


James June 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM

We just found out about this tonight. I am shocked and deeply sadden to hear that Brian was involved in this tragic accident. So sad..

just me June 3, 2012 at 6:27 AM

The accident is tragic and it happened on a dangerous road, but on a straight stretch. The road is not to blame for this accident. Irresponsible driving is to blame. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those people affected

anon June 3, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Who was in the other car? Is that person(s) okay?

mind yer yap June 3, 2012 at 8:05 AM

My heart hurts for all the families and friends. No matter how you feel about Marsh Creek and those who drive it or live by it, this is a tragic story and people who love all involved will be impacted from that day until they are laid to rest. I hope the man and dog are going to be ok. I lost a parent when I was young in an auto accident and it stays with you always.

Clayton-ite June 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I feel sick thinking it took 40 minutes? Mayor, is that something you can look into ? This was just a mile +/- from “civilization” in Clayton; Regency and Easley neighborhoods. 40 minutes? I heard all the sirens the other night and I knew something bad happened, but that makes me feel sick to think it would take them 40 minutes? There is a fire station just 2 miles down the road in Clayton and probably 2-3 miles up the road , CalFire (maybe they don’t have paramedics?) Could neither respond?

Having a teen driver, I’m thankful he’s got a healthy respect for that road. Dare I say fear? After I read what happened on Claycord I immediately asked him if he knew where all his friends were. Luckily they were safe, but living in this small community, it makes my heart skip a beat every time I hear something like that. I didn’t know Brian or Hayden, they are older than my kids, but they are someone’s kids, brother, friend. I don’t know how they lived, or how they died, but it is unfathomable to think 40 minutes.

Family Friend June 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Hayden Trost and Brian Wheeler were kids that grew up with my kids and hung out. Hayden just got back from boot camp and was home enjoying his friends after a day out on the water with his friends. They were on there way home. I grew up in Discovery Bay and have driven that road over 30 years. I have lost many friends on that road because of the response time it takes to get there. Sad thing is the accident was between two fire dept. Why doesn’t our live’s count? People would be alive today if there were more caring about a human life. I’ve been in tears ever sence I heard. I saw hayden a few hours before the accident and he was one of the most kindest heart fill human you would ever come across. God bless you Hayden and people if you have nothing nice to say. PLEASE HAVE A HEART AND DONT PRINT A UN INCORAGEABLE MESSAGE… God bless all of us family and friends who are in need of positive thoughts right now.

Antler June 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Shiloh at #108 ~ ~ ~ I agree with your perspective. My own son died suddenly (but not in a vehicle accident), and so I do not have to “imagine” the agony within the two families and within the boys’ circle of friends.

However, and to your point, my husband was returning home yesterday (Saturday) late afternoon from Sanger (near Fresno) via Marsh Creek Road, which he knows very well because his horses used to be boarded out there. He spoke of two hazards enroute: BICYCLISTS without their own lane traveling on a very winding, narrow road, which often has only an embankment, a drop-off, or a rutted ditch on the sides (i.e. no escape for a vehicle traveling the legal speed limit……another vehicle right behind it….. when it rounds a curve and the bicyclist is RIGHT THERE). Plus, yesterday, there was a large group of teenagers creating a roadside flower memorial and reading while they mourned…some standing out on the pavement, some with vehicles parked so that they stuck out into the road and caused drivers to have to stop or swerve into the oncoming traffic lane to proceed.

If bicycles are to be allowed on Marsh Creek Road, then there needs to be marked, paved lanes for them. Readers already know that I advocate widening Marsh Creek Road to two lanes in each direction (to accommodate both the current commute traffic and also to facilitate evacuation during natural or other types of disaster). Silence from me on the other matter, as I have expressed my opinion previously.

Susan Cola June 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

RIP Hayden Trost…
Our thoughts and prayers to all our family and friends.

Fred P. June 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM

#115, #58, #104 (and others)….

1. Before you start castigating agencies for the “40 minute response times” you should wait until you get ALL of the facts.

2. While plenty of us “know how to drive the roads”, there are more than enough people who DON’T know the roads – so SLOW DOWN.

3. So you drive “at or slightly above the speed limit”? Do you know what a speed limit is for? It’s not a suggestion – it’s a LIMIT! Read the Vehicle Code. Just because you can drive it doesn’t mean you’re driving safely – and I don’t care how long you’ve been driving it – complacency breeds contempt. I’ve been driving it since late 1982…. does that give me a reason to drive it faster than the posted limit or whatever is safe for conditions? H3LL NO!

4. Don’t blame the road. It’s safe if everyone drives properly and safely for the conditions (time of day, weather, etc…).

Before retiring, I had responded to a number of accidents of the years – and ALL of them were driver “error” – excess speed for the conditions, passing on blind curves, etc… Even with rocks coming down the hillside after heavy rains, you can generally stop in time – IF you’re paying attention and driving safely. I went by there yesterday and saw the skid marks and approximate POI; I’ve got an idea what happened, but the rest of the evidence (cell phone records, BAC, witness statements, etc…) has to be taken into account.

That being said – let’s wait until ALL of the facts come out before tearing apart the responding agencies or the drivers.

crazytech58 June 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

My condolence’s go out as well to all those affected by this tragedy, and is always sad when life is lost in such a tragic way….. but blaming the road is NOT the answer…. that road has been there in it’s present configuration for decades, same for the winding road going up Mt. Diablo….. the road is only following the hills and terrain around it….. WE have to adapt OUR driving to the road, SLOW DOWN, don’t pass when unsafe, stay in your lane….. your vehicle only goes where you direct it to go (barring mechanical failure), so let’s not blame the road, let’s all try to drive sensibly, speed and impairment are almost always the cause of these accidents.

Funmom June 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

As a parent to a 24 and 19 year old kids, my heart hurts for the families. Those boys were just starting their lives. I’ve driven commercially for over 25 years and in my experience good defensive driving is the way to go. No matter what or who caused the accident the road conditions etc. Two young men are gone and that’s a very sad thing. My thoughts to the families……….

Datguy June 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The response time for fire and EMS was 10-14 minutes.

The response time for CHP, CPD, and police was 40 minutes.

It’s public information, and please stop typing in caps like a 10 year old.

randy tannehill June 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

thank you to all that came out to the candle light vigil last night,nothing but love for you all.

Dutch June 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I used to drive that road every day to work. It’s not a dangerous road but a lot of people that drive that road are dangerous. People, whether in cars or on bicycles, need to exercise a little common sense. #126, Fred P. is exactly right. All you folks with your opinions should read (in some cases re-read) what #126 has to say and take it to heart.

francisco June 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

R.I.P. Hayden and Brain it was a pleasure to work with you kids.Hayden and Brian family we will like to say sorry.

anon June 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I have an 18-yr-old son; for those providing input in how to drive safely and that other roads should always be taken, have never had sons. I’m teary as I write this because I know that these two young men’s parents gave the same safety talks that I’ve given my son.
Keep the focus off what could have prevented this, because I know the parents taught their boys about these preventions. Unfortunately, there is no one to blame; it’s frankly a terrible tragedy. My love and prayers go out to their families.

Clayton Peters June 3, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I miss my big brother soooo much, ill see him again one day and ill see Brian. They’ll always be in my heart and never forgotten

Family friend June 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

My Heart goes out to you Clayton, your Mom always talks about you kids,
Just know my thoughts and Prayers are with you all!!!

keith campbell June 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Sorry To Hear About this! And Disgusted at those who want to turn this story into a debate about the safety of the road / or being a professional driver ? gimme a break!! for those who don’t take this as a very sad story and feel no compassion for all those who are hurting over this please keep your hands in your pockets and spare us your long winded statements and opinions !! remember silence is golden and Duct Tape is Silver . i will be praying for all those hurting over this loss

kyle tannehill June 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Missing my cousin and friend so much, ive ran out of tears. hanging out with the whole fam at Brian and Masons house will never be the same, gone but truly never forgotten they’ll always be in our hearts.

caskydiver June 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Let’s not forget the other victim of this accident who is in the hospital.

Robin June 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

My heart and prayers go out for Brian and Hayden and all thier families and friends. My heart and prayers also go out to the other Victims in this accident. No matter how it happened its a tragedy for everyone.

Someones Mom June 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

This is such a horrible thing to happen. These 2 boys were sweet kids out having fun with my son 30 minutes before the accident. My heart is bleeding.) ;

Someones Mom June 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Many of us travel that road dailey. Its easy to think that safe, we all need to slow down.

A mommy June 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

My Daughter knows the bother of one of the kids that died in the accident… its so sad to hear news like this. As parents we shouldnt be buring our kids they should be buring us. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families that were involved in the accident. Not much you can do or say but only time with ease the pain.

Mrs. Nist June 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Clayton and Kyle,
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Hayden and Brian. Please let your families know that they are in my thoughts and prayers.

bobby ward June 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM

they will both be missed i new both of them they were great guys and they didnt deserve this. Concernicus: you need to shut ur mouth u did not kno either of this kids u have no right to be a complete A** hole. ok so just shut your moth and think before you speak you hurt alot of people by ur comments ass hole

Trudi OConnell June 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM

This is such a tragedy for everyone. My heart goes out to all of the families and the countless friends that care and love these boys. Please people, love one another, and never judge- it’s not our place. May faith in God carry you through these times of grief.

Observer99 June 3, 2012 at 11:43 PM

@Professional Driver #88, blaming those whom you consider “slow” drivers sounds self-serving. When things are averaged out, excessive speed causes a lot more problems than excessive slowness.

Also, the speed limit only applies to ideal conditions on any given road. There are minimum speed limits for most roads. For example, I find that most people drive way too fast on I-80 when it snows. They’re the so-called “85th percentile” who put everyone else at the mercy of their feeble risk-assessment. Most people seems to be in a big hurry and put safety second.

Observer99 June 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM

WITNESS (115), you’ll have just as much luck getting that road “fixed” as you will getting people to stop smoking, drinking excessively, having unsafe sex and denying global warming. It’s a people problem, not a thing problem.

Robin June 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Does anyone know how the man in the van is doing?

Free josh Cardone/ Angela Cardone June 4, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Its quite late. I’ve laid down to say a prayer for both Brian and Hayden & Have noticed the moon was full & shinning exceptionally bright. Their there, shinning over all of us. We love you and will miss your beautiful characters. Joshua loves you brian and will forever miss you. He hopes you will visit him once & a while. These family’s need our love, support & prayer. Why not come together and be a community of support rather than the same old over opinionated, argumentative conversation that isn’t always relevant. Remember, people read everything and its wise to consider who you are hurting. Save the opinions, egos and try using kind words. It’s sweeter for the souls. Hayden & brian, know you are very loved.
Peace&love. Angela

Spraythenaim June 4, 2012 at 3:17 AM

@ anonomom – your dads advice is not taught enough today. People think going slow means you won’t get into an accident, but they create a road hazard. And when people turn on/off a busy road and go really slow, they are dangerous but think “damn kids.”

mommys2sugars June 4, 2012 at 7:44 AM

We are a family friend of the one of the victims parent. One of the victims father is a WELL BELOVED janitor at a elementary. The whole school heart is aching for him. His son was his best friend and we are so sorry to hear about this tragic accident taking such young lives. We love you and all our positive and loving thoughts go to you. My kids adore you and you want to say we love you!

Will June 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Thank you for asking about the survivor. He is my brother. He is pretty banged up, but expected to fully recover. We don’t know about the fate of his dog yet, she is still in critical. When he learned the two boys were killed, he was crushed. My brother is the kind of guy who loves all life, animals and people. He is careful on that road because he knows there are animals that dart across. Unfortunatley, noone can say what happened inside that car, but somehow it swerved into his lane, he had no time to react. Its always sad when needless death occurs. There are crosses and memorials up and down that road for a reason. PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY, HOPEFULLY THIS WILL PREVENT FUTURE ACCIDENTS. My deepest sympathies to the boy’s family and friends.

anonna June 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Will #152 I’m so glad your brother is alive and I’m hoping the best for his dog. Your family is in my prayers.

This situation is fascinating in terms of it being so similar to the David Rosen incident. Yet here we have loads of the perps (yes, his car was the one that swerved in the other lane, so it fits) family and friends bemoaning their loss and screaming about these boys’ innocence with nary a word for the true victims here. What a disgusting double standard. Shame on you apologists. Iff those boys had survived there is as much chance that they would be brought up on charges as David Rosen.

And now #148 is chiming in. Josh Cardone? Where have I heard that name… google…. ah yes, the guy that murdered the homeless man on Monument. Here is the family’s web page proclaiming his innocence: http://claycordjosh.com/ Turns out he is friends with the crash victims. Great minds think alike.

Palermo June 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I’ll pray for your brother and his dog to recover.

Seatbelts? June 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Does anyone know whether the boys were wearing their seatbelts? We’re they thrown from the car?

goodheart June 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Clayton I am so sorry for you loss. God Bless you and your family and those of Brian’s and to Will for you brother an pet for speedy recovery. I have a teen age daughter afaraid of driving and these situatiuons keep coming up. Unfortunately life happens, and all we can do is roll with the punches. I hope that many people, not just teenagers will take this horrible accident to heart, whether you know the people involved, someone has lost a brother, son, cousin or best friend. People show some compasion an RESPECT!!!!

Wisecracker June 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I, like many others, do not know the full details of this tragedy, all we know is two young men are dead. My thoughts and prayers to their family and friends.

What I do know is this… having traveling a lot on Marsh Creek Road, it is pretty clear and obvious it is a road which yells out to you to slow down and drive with extra caution. Caution which lots of drivers do not exercise when driving this road. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a car on my ass while driving this stretch of road. I immediately pull over in a turnout rather than feel intimidated and obligated to speed up more than I should on a road which I already know has its hazards. On the flip side, it would be nice if the tailgaters would also recognize the road conditions and drive according. And, until people start driving for the conditions which are clean at hand, then the tragedies will continue….

On a final note, this road is no place for bicyclists. Period. This is a separate subject, but I, personally, feel bicyclists should be prohibited from riding in this area. There are no bike paths, the road is narrow as it is and very winding… and there are signs along the stretch that say “share the road”. How exactly is a vehicle supposed to share this road which bicyclists (who often ride side-by-side I might add) when there is very little road to begin with. I’ve often wished I could put my car in my pocket when I approach a bicycle just so there might be enough room for both of us.

Will June 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Seatbelts… #155

Nobody was thrown from the vehicles, I am guessing the seatbelts were on. It was the airbags on my brother’s Honda Odessy that saved his life, a real testimonial. The nurse at the hospital said they ask every car accident victim what they were driving, and he said that Honda’s and Toyota’s have the lowest injury report. Does anyone know the make and model of the boy’s car?

Susanne Renner June 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Dear Will
Your brother and his dog are in my thoughts and prayers. May he and his furry companion be blessed with a speedy and pain free recovery so they can be reunited soon. Thank you for speaking from a place of non judgement and compassion while navigating this horrible tragedy. Many people who have posted here neglect to notice there was a third party and his pet involved.

Dear Families of Brian and Hayden
My heart also goes out to you. I cannot even begin to imagine the terrible heartache you are going through. When I place myself in your shoes, I just feel sick. My prayers are with you as navigate this tragedy and all judgements that comes with it from a community that should be compassionate to both sides.

Mostly, I just wanted you to know, amongst all the negative postings, rants and judgements – that I see you, and you walk in Grace.

Friend/classmate June 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Annona you are beyond wrong.

Haha wow people really need to stop saying things that they know nothing about. Josh didn’t kill a homeless man on monument. Idk where you got that info. It was someone who had been harassing him and it was at burger king in concord. This is a great example of how people shouldn’t believe everything they reader hear. Get the facts!


the boys were in an Acura integra

anna June 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Josh did not murder a homeless man on Monument…do your homework before you post a comment.

RIP Brian and Hayden.

Curry Canyon June 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I was the second person to come upon the accident and was there for almost three hours. I called 911, talked to the driver who lived, who turned out to be a neighbor I hadn’t ever met. He was injured but not critically and was waving a flashlight, risking further injury, to try to stop others from crashing into the wreck. I checked on the boys in the second car and will never erase the memory of that scene. The surviving driver said they seemed to lose control and suddenly veered into his lane. He swerved enough to avoid a complete head-on but the damage to both cars was still severe. Brian and Hayden’s car was crushed in almost to the windshield. The surviving driver had two dogs in the car, one badly injured. I called a friend who owns a dog boarding facility nearby to come get them, as the emergency response personnel seemed to have no clear policy or idea of how to deal with injured pets. The kennel owner, and another woman–a friend of the surviving driver (I’m not giving anyone’s name here because I don’t feel it’s my place) whom I called at his request–and I got the poor dog onto a blanket and into the kennel owner’s car but the police would not let her pass through the accident scene (though there was plenty of road room to do so). So we had to painfully move the dogs to the driver’s friend’s car, which was on the Clayton side of the accident, and she took them to the emergency vet hospital. The fact that Brian’s brother came upon the accident and then called their mother, who arrived a few minutes later, made this tragedy almost unbearable for me as a witness. I cannot imagine how much worse it must be for the family and friends of these boys. My heart cries for all of you. I drive by the accident site at least twice a day on my way to and from work. The roadside memento mori has many flowers, photos, heartbreaking notes, etc. On Sunday I placed a teddy bear there, though it felt a helpless gesture. I will always feel connected to these boys as a witness to their deaths, and though I never knew them, they will have a place in my heart.

Concordmom3 June 4, 2012 at 7:02 PM

My heart breaks for both of these boys families,we know the family of hayden their great people,i dont know brian but im.so sorry for your loss,my son is 20 just starting life ,so sad ,these families need support not hate….

emily June 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I cannot believe all you a**holes saying all your assumptions on this situation before even bothering to know the facts. brian was my big brother and him an hayden were the sweetest, funniest, most protective people. I cannot believe their both gone. so before.you go talking all this crap on my big brother, hayden, and even josh cardone, get.your story straight. have a heart, sheesh

emily June 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

rest in paradise brian and hayden, forever in my heart <3

Sierra June 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Emily the people that truly know Brian know that he was an amazing person. And that’s what matters most. Stay strong. And your family is in my thoughts

bigbone June 5, 2012 at 10:25 PM

well I know as kids we drove fast and crazy at least I did but I do feel for these boys I saw them flying up and down my street twice 50 mph easy in a residential street when he saw me i yelled slow down he said sorry so I figured no harm no foul then this wow it really does impact you, Im not one to judge I drove crazy and under the influence myself speaking many times in my younger years but I got lucky so to all you speed freaks slow the hell down. I lost a friend speeding in his camaro down the hill from Ceno mansion hit the cement pillar that holds the iron fence back in 93 it killed him instantly so slow down youll get to where your going its always a risk when you get behind the wheel

RIP Hayden and Brian June 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM

@anna #161

you should get your facts right. Josh Cardone did not murder a homeless man on monument. He had been being harassed by this guy who had brought a pitbull to the burger king in clayton and was trying to sick his dog on him. Josh had been being harassed by him for months and the guy had came there to try to fight him. Josh stabbed him when the guy tried to fight him. It was self defense.

Point is it happened at Burger King in Clayton, not on monument.
And the guy was not homeless, he lived with his girlfriend and 2 year old son.


Get your facts right before you talk.

As for anyone criticizing Hayden and Brian, they were 2 very great young men. I was friends with both of them, and while some of the people they hung out with weren’t the greatest people, they were very nice, polite kids. I use to ride dirt bikes with Hayden often and would party with him as well. He was never the drunk stupid kid though. In fact, he was usually sober at parties even. He was always so nice and was always good for a nice conversation whenever i’d see him. He is the last person to ever deserve anything like this. I am really in disbelief that he is gone because he was such a great kid, i could’ve never seen this happening to him. My thoughts go out to these families and I hope they can get through this.

And anybody talking sh*t, i hope you people have a long, suffering death. You are the ones that don’t deserve to be on this planet.

dommyd June 8, 2012 at 12:32 AM

R.I.P. Brian and Hayden, fallen but never forgotton,, my condolences to the familys who had their heart broken on this dark, dark night.

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