Hit & Run – Driver Nails Fire Hydrant and Leaves the Scene of the Crash

June 10, 2012 1:06 am · 25 comments

A driver hit a fire hydrant on Joan Avenue in Concord, then fled the scene of the crash on Saturday night at about 11:30.

Concord Police and firefighters from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to the scene, and had the water shut off within 20-minutes.

No injuries were reported, and the driver of the unknown vehicle that hit the hydrant wasn’t located.

Thanks to “ratstalker” for the great photos from the scene of the crash!

animal June 10, 2012 at 6:32 AM

doesnt surprise me the way some morons drive. must have got their licsence in a crap game! or maybe the hydrant was acting suspiciously and wearing a dark hoodie.

the Shi ite June 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM


I love amnesty June 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM

All the driver has to do is wait a little bit for the amnesty plan to kick in and all will be forgiven. He/she might even get the car fixed for free. Certainly won’t be any charge for repairing the fire hydrant.

I love California! We need more amnesty programs!

gina June 10, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Or maybe the driver is an “apartment dweller” & lives nearby. Was able to hide their car (which probably has significant damage) in their carport!

Miguel June 10, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Water Park!

Antler June 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I thought Pepsi trucks had the franchise on water hydrant modifications!

anonymous June 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Must be the week to do this. A semi truck driver took out the fire hydrant in front of the Food Bank this week. What a mess! Not only did it shoot water, the geyser included mud and rocks! That fire hydrant is (or was) on the lawn.

Hi Antler!

Cap'n Nick June 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Is it just me or do the hydrant hits seem to come in clusters? I would expect a rash of these throughout the week. The good news is, it will be hot out so it’s a good time to run through the water.

Cap'n Nick June 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Antler, I heard a rumor that Pepsi was losing that contract due to shoddy workmanship.

Antler June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Hi, #7! And speaking of “hi’s”…….how are you doing, Radar?

Antler June 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Cap’n Nick, 🙂

anonamiss June 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Probably young and drunk….

mileena June 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

There is no obligation to stop after this accident. Police are too busy. In fact, some towns won’t send police or do a police report for accidents not involving injury, hit and run, or damage to town property.

Killjoy June 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Has anybody bothered to see what the car David Rosen is driving lateley looks like?
After all, he DOES have a history of taking out fire hydrants.

@ Mileena June 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Thanks for always being entertaining with your incoherence…do you find much private ownership of fire hydrants?

@ Mileena June 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

There is an obligation to stop after taking out a fire hydrant. Just because one feels that the police could give a damn doesn’t excuse one from your moral obligations. Call the city/fire department and report this accident and stay on scene. One can only imagine the front end damage to the vehicle…..

Cap'n Nick June 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Killjoy, if it was DR there would be a wall nearby with a giant hole in it.

Retired COP June 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

“There is no obligation to stop after this accident”
You are 1000% wrong – you damaged County property

” Police are too busy.”
1000% wrong again- probably DUI, no license, no insurance, warrants, this is a mandatory report & probably an easy arrest.

Civilians do not know procedure or common sense….

Casey Jones June 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Forget the hit and run and the damage cost. Isn’t the biggest worry here the hydrant being off line and maybe a serious pressure drop to the next closest ones? What happens if there happens to be a fire at the same time?

Elwood June 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I didn’t know David Rosen was driving again!

Gary June 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I saw a white jetta in wc off treat and first with major front end damage yesterday. Might be worth checking out.

V June 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

@Mileena… you always make me laugh with the inane stupidity of your comments. While I don’t always enjoy feeding the troll, I just love commenting on the amount of STUPID that flows from your brain, to your fingers, to the keyboard, and onto our lovely blog.

BTW… this isn’t “some town” this is CLAYCORD!!

Fred P. June 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

@mileena #13….

Wow – I can’t believe you actually think that’s the case.

1. The California Vehicle Code (CVC 20002a) states: The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to any property, including vehicles, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not
impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists. Moving the vehicle in accordance with this subdivision does not affect the question of fault. The driver shall also immediately do either of the following:
(1) Locate and notify the owner or person in charge of that property of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle involved and, upon locating the driver of any other vehicle involved or the owner or person in charge of any damaged property, upon being requested, present his or her driver’s license, and
vehicle registration, to the other driver, property owner, or person in charge of that property. The information presented shall include the current residence address of the driver and of the registered owner. If the registered owner of an involved vehicle is present at the scene, he or she shall also, upon request, present his or her
driver’s license information, if available, or other valid identification to the other involved parties.

Failure to do so is a misdemeanor – the driver is now subject to arrest.

2. While many police departments don’t take reports for PDO collisions, the driver is still responsible for filing the SR-1 form with DMV if the damage is greater than $750.

Please tell us why there is no “obligation to stop…”. What is your legal/judicial/ law enforcement experience????

Joe June 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

There was big party that night about a block over from this incident. Maybe they know who did it…

jtkatec June 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Is this the adult water park?

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