UPDATE: Vehicle -vs- Pedestrian Victim Identified – Victim Still Alive

February 10, 2013 23:29 pm · 113 comments

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The pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on Sunday night near Clayton Road & Bailey Road in Concord has been identified by family as Concord native Mitch Carscadden.

Mitch, who was a very well known transient who previously lived on the streets in the area of Clayton Road & Treat Boulevard, is currently alive, but unresponsive, according to family. In recent months, he was undergoing chemotherapy, and living with a relative in Concord.

Mitch was known to jay-walk across Clayton Road, and was apparently jay-walking at the time of the crash. The nearest crosswalk was over a hundred feet away from the scene of the collision.

The driver of the car was taken to the Concord Police Department to have his/her blood taken, which is routine to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.

photo credit: Craig Cannon – for use only on Claycord.com

1 Anon February 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Please don’t say “nearest cross walk”. It makes it seem like we should feel sorry for him for having to had walk that 100 feet. If he had, and waited for the light, he might not have been hit.

2 lola February 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

I guess the call back to the streets was too hard to resist for Mitch even though he had a home and people who cared about him.

3 @Anon February 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

So you’re happy he was hit?

No matter the reason, it’s still sad.

4 @ @Anon February 11, 2013 at 12:43 AM

There’s an applicable saying that starts something like “play stupid games…”

5 David February 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

no body is concerned with the driver being takin to the station to take blood? i guess “field” sobriety test is a thing of the past. yikes

6 Craig Cannon February 11, 2013 at 3:22 AM

You know, it is quite a distance between “Crosswalks” in that area. It’s really noted that drivers do not drive at posted speeds in that area, even with Cops present. Personal experience. That’s a dangerous section of road no doubt. Very sad for this man. I hope the best for him. Oh wow, the Pope just resigned. Historical day starting out.

7 steve February 11, 2013 at 4:20 AM

i’m a pizza deliver guy and i see people jay walk all the time at night. id feel sorry for them if id hit them. id feel worse if i killed them. DONT JAY WALK. especially at night. drivers at night are focused on the road, but get sidetracked by on going traffic lights. this sucks!

8 old concord February 11, 2013 at 5:14 AM

He’s a human not an animal.My prayers are for him and his family. Reading some peoples post are are hard to read even if they spell better than me. To see People to say he’s poor. A cancer we don’t need, care for or want in our city. It’s not a crime to be poor.=)

9 Bells February 11, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Really? It doesn’t matter if he was jay walking or not. Bottom line pedestrians always have the right of way. The driver should have been more alert.

10 KJ February 11, 2013 at 5:37 AM

While you do risk being hit by a car if you jay-walk, on Clayton Road you risk being hit even when you are walking in a crosswalk with the pedestrian cross signal flashing “Walk.” The speed limit is too high on Clayton Road.

The temptation to jay-walk increases with the paucity of crosswalks, and there simply are too few of them on Clayton Road.

11 Chevrolet girl February 11, 2013 at 6:17 AM

@ anon, I agree, and don’t see where Anon said he was happy he was hit. It’s sad for all those involved. The crosswalk is there for a reason, if you choose not to use it then you have to accept the risks. It doesn’t mean they deserve it, just means it was their responsibility.

12 Miss Ranchogirl February 11, 2013 at 6:17 AM

sad for both families!

13 Anon777 February 11, 2013 at 6:18 AM

I hope the driver does NOT get cited. I’ve seen these idiots jaywalk all the time and they don’t even care or wait until approaching cars have passed. They just think they have the right of way no matter what. Well, guess what dumbass?? CONSEQUENCES!!!

14 Shirley Wilson February 11, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Poor dear Mitchell. I have known him for 8 years and saw him in October when he had just been released after 7 months of hospitalization for prostate cancer treatment. I hardly recognized him, his eyes were clear, he was clean and shaven with fresh clothes on. We talked for quite a while about his cancer and treatment and he seemed pretty upbeat. He has lived a hard life of alcohol and slight mental illness. He has a brother who is also homeless in the same area, this will be so sad for him. I have seen people cross in that area so often, darting out from the bushes and trees in the median. So dangerous. I saw this accident last night, 2 fire trucks, more police cars than I had ever seen, cones blocking all the lanes on that side of Clayton Road. I thought at the time someone must have been hit but to learn that it was Mitchell just makes me cry. Reading that he is alive but unresponsive makes me wonder if I should hope for his recovery or not, life hasn’t been easy for him. Mitchell you are in my heart and my thoughts.

15 Shirley Wilson February 11, 2013 at 6:29 AM

A ittle P.S. When I would see Mitchell and remind him that I was Shirley he would always ask me to tell his mother that he was alright. I don’t know his mother but think Mitchell must know a Shirley who is a friend of his mothers. So I am sure he has family who care about him, I just wish he could have changed his life and gotten better. I lost my own son to a drug overdose 5 years ago and the pain never leaves me, which may be why I consider Mitchell a friend and worry about him when I don’t see him for awhile.

16 CAL February 11, 2013 at 6:52 AM

How many pedestrians have died on Clayton Road in the past 10 years?
How many new traffic lights have been installed because of a traffic death on Clayton Rd? 45 mph might just be a little fast given whats happened on Clayton Rd in the past.

17 Anony February 11, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Probably God decided to end his misery.

18 Cy Nical February 11, 2013 at 7:01 AM

It is possible he knew exactly what he was doing. Some people, when going through painful treatments with no guarantee of success choose to give up the fight early.
I don’t know, just putting it out there.

19 Darwin February 11, 2013 at 7:02 AM

OOOPS!!! I meant number 3, regarding my last post

20 Sorry, but.. February 11, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Let’s put some effort into removing those homeless that are pictured in the thread below, the eyesore in the dirt lot across from tacobell. The lady with the shopping cart who insists on using her shopping cart as a car while she jaywalks and uses Clayton road as a sidewalk, oops! Did I just hit someone? No I don’t think so…

21 Concord Nurse February 11, 2013 at 7:58 AM

I feel bad for the man that got hit. I hope he recovers. However, I see people taking crazy chances jay walking all the time on Clayton Road. In the crosswalk you are much less likely to get hit. Someone else said it yesterday “we have to take responsibility for our safety”. But again, I hope he wakes up and recovers soon.

22 Anon February 11, 2013 at 8:05 AM

#3

Homeless or not he should obey the law for his safety and the drivers and other around him. I see people on Clayton Road jay walking all the time. Just a few days ago I saw some young people standing in the island near the new light. As I passed one of them ran out, as fast as they could, between me and the next car. When that behavior becomes normal you and those like you might change your tune, as your insurance will likely go up and you or someone you care about might be the next one to hit someone jay walking.

23 VICTIM IS THE DRIVER February 11, 2013 at 8:17 AM

The “victim” is the driver of the car.

Because of this careless jaywalker, the driver has to carry this with them for the rest of their life.

I see people jaywalking on Clayton Rd. all the time.

Maybe we should run them down…and then sue their families.

24 Concerned Citizen February 11, 2013 at 8:26 AM

We used to see Mitch hanging around the local Safeway and other shopping centers quite a bit. We noticed that he had not been around recently and now we know why. Poor Mitch! This is so sad and it seems that cars vs. pedestrians on Clayton Rd. is happening quite a bit more recently for some reason.

25 LocalGirl February 11, 2013 at 8:37 AM

@Concord Nurse … I echo your comments. I feel horrible that someone was hit, I pray for him and the driver who will have to live with that memory and pain for the rest of his/her life! That said, I drive Clayton Road to and from work every weekday, and it’s UNREAL how many people jay walk and dart out in front of cars going over 40 mph. Use the crosswalk, people!

26 Winston February 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Mitch shouldn’t have been jaywalking. However this doesn’t change the fact that Clayton roads design contributed to the crash. Roads like Clayton Road – high speed, multi lane arterial roads with lots of driveways and businesses along them – are the most dangerous type of urban/suburban road because they combine high speed through travel with low speed access to businesses which also attract pedestrians (and the homeless who tend to congregate where they can get handouts or services). Separating these functions is a better approach. Sadly, retrofitting a road like Clayton would be a real challange, but one that I’m sure our city’s highly paid engineering staff would be up to if they were doing their jobs. Highway deaths and maimings aren’t necessary – they have been essentially eliminated in the Netherlands, for example. The are mostly the result of unsafe road design.

27 Anon February 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

@Concerned Citizen

Yes it is happening more recently because people are no longer worried about breaking the law. With respect, you shouldn’t sympathize with the pedestrian, you should consider impact on traffic. Imagine what would happen if we had a few more people every few 100 feet who wanted to cross, like they have in SF. Our traffic would grind a halt, your 20 minute drive down Clayton Road would turn into and hour. All because peds refuse to follow the law and the police don’t enforce it.

28 Really? February 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM

My prayers are with the driver, who will no doubt pay the price for this pedestrian’s selfish, stupid behavior.

29 Anon February 11, 2013 at 8:43 AM

@VICTIM IS THE DRIVER

I can’t figure if you are serious or a troll. So simply, comments like “run them down” don’t help. Please stop making them.

30 jj February 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

clayton rd and treat have same speed limit at 45 not much tourism on treat think about it i am

31 hey February 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Things happen for a reason .

32 Clayton Rd commuter February 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM

To help improve safety throughout the city, they should fix the street lights. The new lamps give off so little light all the streets are dark. It is so dark on my street I am looking into adding more exterior lights to my house. At night, I can’t see five feet from my front door and the street light is right across the street.

33 bjgolfer February 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I happened to be picking up a pizza at Strictly to Go last night, only a few minutes after the accident, and fairly close to where the collision occurred. I counted 9 police cars that were being used to block Clayton Road, two ambulances, and a fire truck on the scene. Between the hospital costs, the first responder costs, and the emotional costs for all those involved, I hope others will think twice about crossing a major road at night without using a lighted crosswalk. Tragic.

34 @Bells February 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Bells – I don’t think you are completely correct when you state the driver always has the right of way. If you are walking down the middle of a road at night, it is reasonable to expect a driver might not see you until it is too late. Likewise, if you dash out in front of a car, even if it is in a crosswalk. Technically you are a pedestrian, but…

35 Mary Lou February 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I just woke up to learn about this tragedy last night on Clayton road. I grew up with Mitch & went to all of our schools around here with him. I feel for him & his family & our families prayers go out to them. I never lost touch with Mitch in all of these years. When I went shopping @ Food Maxx or any where on Clayton road I always stopped & spoke to him or bought him lunch or dinner. His good friend Terance Terrell, my son’s father died last Friday night on Feb. 1st @ 11:00p.m. We are just devastated at this time. I am going to go try to see Mitch today, if I can. I don’t care about all of the jay walking & petty _ _ _ _. These men were both human beings & had families & they just couldn’t learn to live another way of life & now they can be at peace. God bless, Mary Lou

36 @Claton Rd Commuter February 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

The best thing to do would be to take out lanes and reduce the speed limit. If cars back up they can’t go fast.

There are so many peds in that area now the city needs to look at what their priorities are: Moving traffic through the city or the safety of their citizens.

37 Rocket Jock February 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

If pedestrians wore jet packs they could safely fly over the street to avoid traffic, unless the drivers are using flying cars. Come to think of it things could get a whole lot worse.

38 @Bells February 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Actually “the pedestrian always has the right of way” is a incorrect understanding of the law. While vehicle drivers have a duty to respect their right of way, the pedestrian can quite often be the cause of an accident due to unlawful behavior on their part like jay-walking, walking against the light, and similar situations.

39 soij February 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

RIP to the victim. This is sad for all involved.

“The driver of the car was taken to the Concord Police Department to have his/her blood taken, which is routine to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.”

Anyone else have a problem with this? If the officers had probable cause that the driver was impaired then testing would be in order. However, being in an accident per se does not equate to probable cause. This may be the CPD’s “Routine”, but if mandatory it seems to be unconstitutional. If the driver were a transit worker then perhaps their contract called for it, but I didn’t read that was the case anywhere. I wonder if the driver had (or was offered) the option to refuse?

40 Shirley Wilson February 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Thank you Mary Lou for your caring comments. I do feel terrible for the driver but I hate seeing people blame Mitchell. I don’t know what his state of mind was at the time but when he was drinking he didn’t always think clearly. I also don’t know if he had begun drinking again. He is a good and decent human being with problems and I feel sad and very concerned about him.

41 Shirley Wilson February 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

And Mary Lou I am also sorry for the loss of your childs father. I lost my son at Mitchell’s age of 52 and he left behind four children. Sometimes life is just too difficult for some people, it seemed to be for my son.

42 anon666 February 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

@ jj #30

The speed limit where this happened on Clayton is 40mph, not 45.

43 @soij - in my opinion February 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

If I were the driver, I would WANT to be tested for impairment in order to be sure my name was cleared, and I was proven UN-impaired, so that nobody could blame me! It should be to the driver’s advantage to be tested…they should only be worried about it if they WERE impaired while driving…in which case they should not have been driving!

44 Ms. Mom February 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

What about the person who hit??? I feel sorry for them, they did nothing wrong just driving. Maybe they should check the jay walker for drugs or alcohol. Please don’t put the blame on the poor driver, he/she was where they should be. Jay walker was…well Jay walking at night.

45 J. February 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I don’t know Mitch, so I’ll keep my pie hole shut until I have something helpful to say.

46 Amazed February 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It truly amazes me how people can be so cold hearted. What happened in your lives that made you lose compassion for others? Yes there is “right” and “wrong” but we are human and make mistakes every day. I hope that I’m forgiven for all of my mistakes I’ve made big and small. I have no right to judges others. Do you even know these people you seem to talk so harshley of? These people you seem to comdeem have families and how sad it must be for them to read the things some of you post. What we need in our community is responsibility for one another. Reach out to those in need. Not financially but with our time. Open the door for a mother pushing a stroller, watch your neighbors house while they are gone. You see a kid doing something he shouldn’t be doing, say something to him/her. Do it in a concerned way making them feeled cared about. No we can’t change all people. People are going to do what they want. But we don’t have to be like them. Posting the stuff you guys post.make you no better in my eyes. Your inflicting pain just in other ways. Words hurt more, they stay in our hearts forever. There is right and wrong. i believe those who do wrong should be punished. Not everyone who has been arrested is guilty. Morjority yes all no. Police are human and sometimes just need someone to pin it on to close a case. As far as evidence they really don’t need it like one would think. I heard a saying once “it takes a village to raise a child” now days it takes a community. We ALL need to do the RIGHT thing. Sometimes that means keeping our opinions to ourselves no matter how right WE THINK we are.

47 @Soji February 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I see your point but it is to protect the driver as well. If someone has nothing to hide then taking the test shouldn’t be a concern at all.

48 No Excuses February 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Clayton Rd commuter is correct. The new street lights are less efficient than an old gaslight lamp. I also live directly across from a streetlight, and can’t even see to tell what color or type of car has pulled up right in front of my house at night. The pictures in this Mitch’s story tell exactly what Clayton Rd is like at night—totally dark except right under the lights.

From scanning Claycord, there have been 6 pedestrians hit on Clayton Rd in just the last couple of years. Two were at night–both transients (Mitch and Glenn). There were 3 other car vs. pedestrians in other parts of town during this same time. Plus of course, the two where people were hit and killed while on the sidewalk.

**4/1/11 “80 citations issued during Concord Police PEDESTRIAN STING.” This was just 5 hours, at only two locations *NEAR DOWNTOWN BART* CLAYTON RD, and 8 of them were citations for JAYWALKING- 66 were for drivers failing to yield AT THE CROSSWALKS. The rest were vehicle violations.

Maybe they need to print flyers with pictures of the bodies and post them at Taco Bells, and over the beer stacks at 7-11s and give a few to the elderly jaywalking and electric carting in the streets around Todos Santos.

49 SadPost February 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

I feel for this man. I’ve seen lots of people crossing Clayton Rd in crosswalks or jaywalking. Either one can be dangerous. Too many cars are going too fast. Jaywalking is very dangerous. With all the traffic and things drivers have to watch, it’s often hard to see jaywalkers. Drivers need to slow down and pedestrians need to use crosswalks. I hope this man will be ok. I feel bad for him. Even when I’m in a crosswalk, I make sure the drivers see me.

50 Mimi (original) February 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Sorry to hear it was Mitch. When he wasn’t drinking and was being taken care of he was a good looking man. Don’t know about his mental capacity, but definitely when he drank he was unable to make good decisions. Jay walking across Clayton Rd is practically considered a “right” by some of our citizens, and at night with the poor lighting and people wearing dark colors those jaywalkers are taking their lives in their own hands.

51 dk February 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The pedestrian A L W A Y S has the right of way in the state of
California… NO MATTER WHAT ! ! !

Jaywalking is only a crime if you are crossing the street within 500 ft of a crosswalk, otherwise you are legally crossing the street.

52 tnutty February 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

mitch was the man id always buy a beer. hes a human people how could you say such pathetic things from behind your comouter screen. i hope he recovers and drivets need to obey soeed and be more careful

53 @ #23 "Victim is the driver" February 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

54 concord99 February 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Please people…we do not know yet who was at fault for this accident. Just because the victim did not use a crosswalk does not mean the driver had no criminal liability. Am I free to run down any driver who fails to use a crosswalk and claim it was his fault for not using an intersection to cross? Of course not. The driver could have been distracted by a cell phone or the like. Who knows. We must have a police investigation first.

55 The Closer February 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

@tnutty

Judging by your rant you’ve had a few beers already.

Quote from Pink Floyd,”Get out of the road if you want to grow old”.

56 Cowellian February 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

dk@51,
You’re wrong

57 CatWoman February 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Glad to hear that he is recovering.

58 Ridiculous February 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Wow, I feel so much better now because I live in a city with so many “Perfect” people. All those who’ve made negative comments, what’s it like to live a perfect life? Is that how you get to be so judgemental? I hope to God you continue to live your perfect life and never have to deal with a family member who has issues. Knowing how you all sound you would probably just turn your back on them.
I remember when Clayton Rd. was just 2 lanes and hardly any stop lights.
That’s when this city was nice, before we were invaded with all the perfect people!
My prayers go out to all those involved, sad situation.

59 Teacher wanabe February 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

@soij, did the driver refuse a field sobriety test? Was he even offered one? What happened to his vehicle? If impounded and he/she was found sober, does the city pay the impound costs? Just wondering.

60 Scooter February 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM

@ dk. Sorry, dk, but you are wrong and an idiot for screaming what you think is fact. What follows are just two quotes from California Vehicle Code. If you have a hard time reading let us know and we can interpret for you.

(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.

61 Captain Bebops February 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I’ve mentioned it here before for but in another state a state assemblyman tried to get the “pedestrian right of way” rescinded. This was because of an accident where a motorist saw a delivery van at the curb at a cross walk and thought that it was just doing a delivery. It was stopped for someone at the crosswalk who didn’t bother to check if a car was coming as they came out from in front of the van. So they were hit and killed.

I see the problem sometimes around here at a crosswalk where a bus stops. In fact I note that some bus drivers seem to make sure they are over the crosswalk so people can’t use it until they leave and motorists can see that people are crossing.

We also have the crosswalks with lights that can flash that come one is crossing but it seems there are a lot of dummies who don’t bother to press the button to use it. They must feel like “free spirits.”

It might be a good idea to rescind this idea of pedestrian right-of-way. People take it far too much for granted and do stupid things.

62 @soij February 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Soij – It is likely CPD didn’t demand the driver submit to a blood test. They probably asked the driver if they were willing to come to the station and have blood drawn. If I were the driver and I wasn’t drinking, I would gladly do this to clear my good name.

63 Don't Censor Me Bro February 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

@dk #51

Failure to Yield: Pedestrians generally must yield right-of-way to vehicles (which are near enough to constitute an immediate hazard) unless crossing at marked or unmarked crosswalks. (CVC §21954).

64 hey February 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

#51 & 53 . No, YOUR the idiot buddy (:

65 @ dk # 51 February 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

“The pedestrian A L W A Y S has the right of way in the state of
California… NO MATTER WHAT ! ! !

Jaywalking is only a crime if you are crossing the street within 500 ft of a crosswalk, otherwise you are legally crossing the street.”

I believe there was a crosswalk about 100 ft from where he was hit. So yeah, even by your statement, he was breaking the law.

66 Teacher February 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

@Mimi, was Mitch the one with the really beautiful eyes who went to Ygnacio Valley High School? He used to have long hair if i remeber correctly.

67 @ Ridiculous # 58 February 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Let’s see- I don’t drink and drive. I don’t do drugs. I don’t steal. I have a job and pay my taxes. I am a productive citizen. So yeah, I am perfect.

68 Teacher February 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Mary Lou I am sorry for your loss

69 Gaz February 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Another pedestrian just got hit by a car at Solano & Grant

70 skippy February 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

@Mary Lou-sorry for your recent loss. I think I went to school with him too, CVHS in the late 70s?

71 anonymous February 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I believe a wise person once said ‘If you have nothing better to say, then don’t say anything at all.’ Very few posting on here know all of the circumstances pertaining to this unfortunate event. So to pass judgement on a matter you hardly know anything about (I say hardly because we all got a watered down version) is ignorant.

My prayers to both parties involved.

72 Robert Keith February 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Anybody who’s ever had a mental issue or a drug or alcohol problem or has been homeless doesn’t count. When they die anything else they may have done doesn’t matter and anyone that might have loved them are irrelevant. That’s basically what all you birches are saying and you’re disrespecting the memory of a human being. What right do you have to talk shit when this is how you occupy your time. Commenting on a news story completely unrelated to your life and acting like you’re better than everyone else when really you have a sad pathetic lonely life. S…. M…… H. Get well Mitch.

73 anonanonagain February 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I remember Mitch quite well. He used to accost me for money, Drunk sometimes incoherent, wreaking of alcohol. I would see him jaywalk all the time. Still, he had a hard life, whether people want to believe that he chose this life or not. Sad that he was hit by a car. Was he drinking again?? I understand completely how he must have arrived at this state. I watched my sweet cousin spiral downward with drugs and alcohol (his parents were a nightmare) only to end up dying in a park…….

74 Could have been me February 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

About two weeks ago I was driving on Clayton Rd. near the Philly Cheese steak shop and all of a sudden a man tore across the street. I don’t know if he was homeless, I don’t know if he had a family and I don’t know if he was under the influence of any substances. I do know that I was paying attention. I do know that one of my children was in the car with me, I do know that it was very dark and I do know that he was wearing all black and very hard to see.

Had I hit him it would have changed my life forever…so as I do feel bad for the jaywalker in this situation, they need to be more cognizant of making better choices and realize that their choices can directly affect others and if they have no regard for their own lives then at least don’t have such a negative impact on other’s.

I was there right after the accident last night and it was really dark. Initially you couldn’t even tell why the police were there. So yes people should slow down and stay off their phones when driving, but pedestrians need to make themselves visible and use crosswalks…He may have been in a hurry to get somewhere, but he never made it…better late then never! It will be interesting to see what the police report says.

75 anon February 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

“He is a good and decent human being with problems and I feel sad and very concerned about him.”

BS — run his criminal history & then tell me he is a good guy… countless amounts of money were spend on him in the criminal justice system. He cared not to get clean…& jay walking at night is just a death wish…he will not pay for the ambulance or the hospital–he spend all his money on booze–deal with reality

76 dk February 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

“The pedestrian A L W A Y S has the right of way in the state of
California… NO MATTER WHAT ! ! !

77 dk February 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I never stated that he was legally crossing the street did I? I as well as everybody here on this blog was not there and does not know whose fault it was AND I could give a crap. Somebody 14yrs old just got hit in a crosswalk near solano way so obviously that crosswalk did no good.

“The pedestrian A L W A Y S has the right of way in the state of
California… NO MATTER WHAT ! ! !

78 dk February 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

For those that are calling me an idiot I will gladly give you my address so you can come say it to me in person.

79 Darwin February 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Mayor,
why did’nt you post my 7am post???? Why??? are you censoring me again???

80 Pete Bennett February 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

To the near pathetic indifferent posters:

He’s a drunk
We spent plenty on him in jail
run his criminal history & then tell me he is a good guy
Was he drinking again?

The plain truth -he was on chemo, he wasn’t himself, he’s figthing death from the street each day.

The arrogance of some – be grateful you can work, walk and talk while not have having problems.

I’ve been on the street – it’s extremely hard – the reasons behind my situation far different but I will say that the CNET events had a lot to do with it.

Tanabe was my neighbor, Danville was my Town Council, The Supervisors know and know my friends are being killed.

Renting this man a room would have made the difference but chances are the system pummeled him. I know as I’ve lost millions, my attorneys have been attacked, I’ve been attacked and friends murdered.

The best I can get I’m sorry – I can’t wait for Seeno to be indicted then you’ll learn how deep the scandals go.

81 Could have been me February 11, 2013 at 6:28 PM

DK why do you keep being so adamant about the fact that pedestrians always have the right of way no matter what, when both you and Scooter outline situations in which the pedestrian is clearly in violation of vehicle codes? If you want to back up what you say with proof/evidence or some other support great if not get off your soap box and find something else to holler about…Jeez louise!

82 Cowellian February 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

dk, you saying so doesn’t make it true, even if you type in all-caps.

83 sumsocool February 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

@ Amazed
Thank You for your post!
I don’t understand the cruel comments people post on here.

84 Darwin February 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Mayor,
You have’nt anwered my question. Why did’nt you post my 7am post?????

85 @dk 78 February 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Shut up , your not hard . Lol this is CLAYCORD calm down haha . Childish

86 Shirley Wilson February 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Mary Lou and Skippy. You may have gone to school with two of my children. Scott and Melissa Webber? Scott is the same age as Mitchell and they graduated from Clayton Valley High School.

Anon- I know all about Mitch’s record, arrests and hospitalizations. That doesn’t mean he was a bad person, it means he was a man who had many problems and in every encounter I had with him, drunk or sober he was always polite and friendly. A bit out of it at times and I wish he could have turned his life around but for some people it just isn’t possible. Does that mean that he deserves to die because he made a terrible mistake?

87 Mary Lou February 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

This message is only for Shirley Wilson. Shirley I have kept in constant contact with John uir Walnut Creek Trauma center all day today. I have notified all of our old friends that we went to school with about Mitch. Believe me when I say he was very much loved by me & my spouse that died on Feb. 4th, 2009. My son’s dad died last week on Feb. 1st, 2013. Terance Terrell. This is all about too much & I will keep in touch with John Muir on updates of Mitch’s condition. My email is for you only: seal1982@yahoo.com. Much love & prayers, MARY LOU

88 No Excuses February 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Pete Bennett: I’ve tried several times to keep up with your blog entries about all of the “incidents” but cannot for the life of me get them all tied together. I seem to be on the trail, then I decide you are Asperger/paranoid or, maybe, just plain “out there.” Then a few days later I try again.

Somewhere along the way, I think it may just be possible that you have had too many incidents happen (to you and around you) for them to be completely unconnected.

You really need to find your own forum, carefully organize your thoughts and THEN put them ALL into some coherent chronological order.

Those of us who tend to be conspiracy freaks anyway would find a good accounting of your issues very interesting. In the end, crazy maybe, but interesting.

Apologies to everyone else and to Mitch for this post being far afield of the thread–but….

89 Ridiculous February 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

@#67 I hate to burst your perfect little bubble, but you see you forgot something when you were blowing your own horn, and pounding your chest.
You have no compassion for others and that is a very sad characteristic, so I hate to tell you but you sure in the heck are not perfect.

90 Don't Censor Me Bro February 12, 2013 at 3:27 AM

@dk:

“Right-of-Way & Pedestrians

21950.

(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

California Vehicle Code Section 21954(a) states that a pedestrian crossing the roadway DOES NOT have the right of way, they are required to yield the right of way to passing vehicles.

“21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.”

91 @ # 89 February 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Actually, I do have compassion for people. People who are productive citizens. This “gentleman” was not a productive citizen. Why should anybody show sympathy for someone who was always drunk in public, urinated in public, breaks the law, disrespects honest hardworking people, disrespects people who tried to help him, probably doing illegal drugs. Him and his kind have cost many businesses in town money because a lot of people stopped shopping at stores because of them. Me included.

92 Teacher February 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Mary Lou or Shirley Wilson would you please update us on Mitch’s condition? I understand people feel that he deserved to get hit becasue he is homeless and they do cause a lot of problems. They are all around where I live and makes my area look dirty and some of them are mean.
But for goodness sakes he is a human being and has a family. Please think about what his family and friends are going through.

93 Mitch Hater February 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Mitch was worthless. I was walking into Mcdonald’s about a year ago and Mitch asked me for money. When I said no he told me to go f&ck myself, right in front of my daughter!

94 CLAYCORD.com February 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

It clearly states in the article that he wasn’t living on the streets right now. He could have been headed to or from the camp, because he might have had a friend there. It was only a few feet away from where he was hit.

95 J. February 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Honest question, from somebody who does not know: Is Mitch one of the “thirteen drunkards of Claycord”?

96 CLAYCORD.com February 12, 2013 at 2:27 PM

@J, yes.

97 Erin February 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I agree that pedestrians always have the right away. As I can see from the previous posts that is not the law but it is what I was taught in driving school many many years ago. I agree it is dangerous to jay walk and I do not think it is okay but if I see someone doing it I stop and let them go. I am not going to just keep driving and hope they make it across the street. Come on people. It’s a few seconds out of your day. Be kind to one another.

98 J. February 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

About a year ago, Mitch was observed jaywalking in the same area. See this comment, then scroll to the top for the story:
http://claycord.com/2011/04/19/jaywalking-on-clayton-road-just-a-few-feet-from-the-marked-crosswalk/#comment-118404

This is all hearsay for me: I don’t know the 13

99 cvhseagle83 February 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Who knows what shatters a being and sends them into the pits of despair. I too have had mental issues, drug and alcohol addiction, was homeless and on and on. No one should judge a complete stranger unless they have facts and still, even then it’s just not right. Yes, drivers are also vitims when someone runs in front of their car and hits them. I live in vegas and we have a LOT of ped/veh incidents. Sad on both parts and on our part too.

100 skippy February 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

@Shirley Wilson-Don’t remember your kids, but looked at my 4 yearbooks 1976-80 and didn’t see Mitch so maybe I was wrong about going to school with him. The name just sounded familiar.

101 Shirley Wilson February 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I came across Mitch’s older brother yesterday and stopped to talk to him He said Mitchell has a 50/50 chance of survival and is in a drug induced coma for now. That is better news than I was expecting, at least he is still alive. I do hope for his recovery from these terrible injuries and from the cancer as well. I am thinking of you Mitchell..

102 Mimi (original) February 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

@ Teacher – yes, Mitch has beautiful eyes, and used to have much longer hair. I have seen him in a deplorable state and in good shape, though I don’t know him personally, I have a friend who does. I was surprised to see him looking so handsome one time and my friend told me that when he’s not drinking he’s quite charming. Honestly, to have seen him in such good shape it’s hard to fathom what he’s had to go through in his life. No one is exempt from suffering from unknown evils. I hope he pulls through and perhaps this will help him change his life for the better.

103 Shirley Wilson February 13, 2013 at 9:21 PM

in speaking to Mitch’s brother Donnie he says Mitchell was not living on the streets at the time of the accident. He was staying with his mother.

104 CLAYCORD.com February 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

@Shirley Wilson, it says that in the story.

105 @ShirleyWilson February 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

You really don’t need to post everything that you hear because sometimes you have to consider the source. So if you want to know anything and you are truly concerned, you should contact the family spokesperson and they will let you know on his condition if they see fit.

106 Marilyn Carscadden February 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Rest in peace.

107 Marilyn Carscadden February 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I am Mitchell Dean Carscadden’s mother.He died yesterday. He was on life support and would been a vegetable had he survived the accident.
For those who choose to judge him for his lifestyle. I have never met anyone who didn’t need some form of therapy. All of us have some addictions. Some more destructive then others.
It’ so easy to look and point a finger at the other guy, than to look at yourself.
For those of you who have compassion, you have a heavy load to carry. Take it from one who knows.
Thank you to all who have expressed concern and prayers for my son’s recovery. Sadly it was not to be, but please remember Mitchell for all the good things he was.
Marilyn

108 Starfish February 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

So very sorry for your loss, Marilyn. God be with you and yours.

109 J. February 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I am so sorry for your loss, Marilyn.

R.I.P. Mitch

110 Just Me February 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM

So sorry Marilyn . I had always wished Mitch well . He reminds me of someone I love . So sorry for your loss.

111 So sorry February 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM

@ Marilyn Carscadden. I am so sorry for your loss. I lived on Glazier Dr years ago and remember Mitch hanging around the corner gas stations. He was never a threat to anyone. His battles, whatever they were, were within. So happy to hear that he had a family that cared. He died knowing that. My condolences to you and your family.

112 I Think I Know The Driver February 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Such a tragedy for all parties involved. Since I was not there I will not blame either one. All I know is that someone lost their life and someone else will be traumatized for the rest of their lives. Sad all around. My prayers go out to his family, the driver, and the driver’s family.

113 Wolfman February 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Hi Mrs Carscadden, Sorry for your loss. I knew Mitch since the apts. on clayton rd. between matheson rd. and claycord. We went and said prayers over him on wed. night. Had to sneak past the security gaurd. Talked to him every week till he got sick. He will be missed. God bless you and your family.

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