UPDATE: Vehicle -vs- Pedestrian Collision on Solano & Grant in North Concord

February 11, 2013 13:58 pm · 83 comments

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A vehicle struck a pedestrian on Solano & Grant in Concord at about 1:35pm on Monday afternoon.

A helicopter has been called in to transport the victim, who we’re hearing is possibly a teenager.

The victim is alive, but unresponsive.

We’ll give you an update on this collision when it’s available.

UPDATE, 2:20pm: The victim is 14-years-old.

UPDATE, 2:28pm: Witnesses are telling Claycord.com the victim, who is a 14-year-old boy, was in the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

UPDATE, 3:10pm: Solano Way, between Eastgate and Grant, is closed in both directions while authorities investigate. The road will remain closed until at least 5pm.

UPDATE, 3:30pm: Thanks to “Flash” for the pictures from the collision.

Lori February 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

This is happening one after another. I hope for the best for both the victim and the driver. Be careful out there folks.

Dragon February 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Dang, people!

Be safe while driving and safe while walking. Don’t do stupid things, PLEASE, and we might get fewer of these stories.

anonymous February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I second that thought.

The Closer February 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

This is a horrible intersection. People getting on and off the freeway, Grant st. traffic turning onto Solano And small business traffic all jockeying in the same spot. Surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

concord99 February 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

But if the victim wasn’t using a crosswalk, I bet he deserved to be injured, right????????? Afterall, it would be his fault. Car drivers don’t have to exercise caution, and are free to run down pedestrians not in a crosswalk.

Victor mature February 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

He was in the crosswalk

Sar Casm February 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

If it’s where I think it is, that’s a really bad intersection. Grant St and Broadmoor Ave @ Solano Way (by the Bonfare Market) have crosswalks that are unprotected crossings right next to the controlled intersection for the Southbound CA-242 off ramp and on ramp.

Robert February 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

@5 you’re never free to run down pedestrians
Lol I want to read your drivers handbook.

barbara runyen February 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

People need to slow down. The go down that street to fast. I makes it hard for poeple to cross that street. When I to Mt Diablo, it was hard to get arcoss the street because people don’t stop. I now have s on that crossed that street and worry about him especially early in the morning when the sun in directly in the drivers face. I hope that the victim is ok and not hurt to serious. I send out my deepst thought to the family for there speed recovery of the person who was hurt

Anon2you February 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Both parties are technically at fault, but really that isn’t important…Hopefully the person who was hit is going to be OK and the person who was driving is OK too. It definitely is traumatic to hit someone…
The victim should not have been in the street (not using a crosswalk) BUT drivers must be able to control their vehicle at all times and must be aware enough to see a person in the street… But we all know that sometimes that is just not possible.

I wanna slap #5 February 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Just as my name says.

No Excuses February 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

There are at least six crosswalks there–and NONE of them are safe to use! One crosses cars coming off of hwy 242 No., one crosses cars coming off of hwy 242 So., one crosses cars going onto hwy 242 No., one crosses cars going onto hwy 242 So., plus the two that actually cross Solano on each side of the highway–with every car trying to ‘beat the light’. Narrowing lanes, neighborhood and commercial streets and driveways that ALL come together within about a hundred yards of each other.

Concord North–where families come first.

Howard K. Mullins III February 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

I agree with those who say that everyone needs to be careful.

People should feel safe in a marked cross walk.

A car weighs 3k to 4k pounds, an average person weights 160. Who is in the most peril?

A driver who strikes a pedestrian in a market cross walk during daylight hours has no excuse, unless there was a snake crawling up his leg, but even then, not an acceptable excuse.

Sar Casm February 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

No matter how tempting it is….it is still unlawful to accelerate for jaywalkers. Even if you’re keeping score of points.

Cowellian February 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Concord99 already demonstrated an unfamiliarity with the driver’s handbook on another thread. After being called out for blaming everyone except the jaywalker, he’s come to this thread to pout.

The fact of the matter is that no one deserves to be run over for jaywalking, but if someone is stupid enough to cut across a wide, busy, and fast road like Clayton, they shouldn’t be too surprised when it turns out to be painful.

I hope this 14-year-old is OK. I also hope that Mitch survives, and even learns something about looking out for his own well-being.

Incognito February 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

It appears we have today’s “idiot of the day” posting – Concord99, Post #5.

Let’s all hope the teenager ends up okay.
I can’t imagine being in the position of the driver of the car. I’d have to say this would be my worse nightmare.

We, as drivers, all need to slow down an extra second, and be aware of our surroundings at all times. And, it’s also important to stress pedestrians to always look both ways before crossing the street and always use a crosswalk! I can’t tell you how many times I witness people of all ages exiting a building and simply walking out into a parking lot or a street without looking. While the State of California may be considered a “pedestrian first” state, I certainly would not assume a driver saw me.

No Excuses February 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

It sounds like they’re moving him to Children’s Hosp. Oakland.

Barb February 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

yeah they put the stop light at the wrong corner…been saying that since they put them in…God speed to the one who was hurt..

Teacher Wannabe February 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I live in the area. People driving too fast. I fear for my life in my car, on foot or on my bike. Not just cars, pedestrians cross all over the place too.

Stu February 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Looking at the responses to # 5, I wonder what happened to everyone’s ability to discern sarcasm?

Enfield303 February 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I hope he’s ok. I hate that intersection. Terrible situation all around.

Teacher Wannabe February 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Come on people. If you are going to post, learn to read (the kid WAS in the crosswalk) and use punctuation so we can read what you write (No excuses #12). Geez!

the Shi ite February 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

As has been stated MANY TIMES in the past: Our schools are doing a dis-service in teaching kids that “pedestrians have the right of way”. Which translates in their mind that if they step out into the crosswalk, cars will magically Stop.
Both Pedestrians and Drivers Need to (Get ready for it)……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Look each other in the eye, yep, Make Eye contact and stop acting like a bunch of zombies looking down at your Pacifier aka cell phone.
You might have the right of way, but what good is it if your are Dead Right?

anonanonagain February 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Horrible!!1 I’m hoping with all hope that he recovers.

I wish people would give the pedestrians and the crosswalks the respect they deserve. People too busy to even notice that their are others that share this planet with us. Your insipid text message or Facebook rant can wait til you get to a safe location or if it’s that #$%@ urgent then pull over. I constantly see people texting and alternating between their phones and the road. It takes just but a second to alter your life forever and possibly others. Be safe, slow down and look around!!!!

uh huh February 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I am hearing it is a fatality? That is a really busy intersection and should have some sort of crossing warnings or even further down the street from the freeway exit/entrance. Poor kid

Dragon February 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Hey, Flash, you’ve been everywhere recently. Thanks for getting all these pics for us (even if the subjects are sad).

never hurt a child February 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM

A 14 year old child was struck. He was taken to a local hospital while the careless driver cried and felt bad. The child may or may not fully recover. Let me be blunt for others…. I believe anyone who harms a child is evil. Without excuses, reasons or exceptions. A mother has to watch helplessly, as her child is being labored on by health care workers doing everything they can to keep the boy alive. I am glad to hear he is stable enough to be transported.

Reality says... February 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I tell my kids to walk with the same mentality that we use when we ride our bikes…NEVER assume they see you and always have your guard up. The same is true when crossing a street: KEEP looking both ways as you’re crossing and make it as fast as you can; no talking to your friend or texting/talking on the phone. Get from A to B as quickly as possible.

Hope that kid is OK. Drivers and pedestrians are just to busy these days.

anon February 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Crosswalks are often too big on roads like this, they should have traffic lights when having to get across a road that busy, and whats with them not being lit at night??? I won’t take a step into a crosswalk until the cars have come to a complete stop for fear of being run over!

Mimi (original) February 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Unfortunately I have seen SOOOOO many pedestrians ASSUME drivers will see them and stop, and they don’t even look around at traffic before they step off that curb and into the street, even at a crosswalk. Pedestrians! You must LOOK both ways, TURN YOUR HEAD and make some eye contact if at all possible. You may HAVE the right of way, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to be hit by a vehicle if you are not paying attention!! That said, I send my condolences to be pedestrian and driver for this awful incident. I hope they’ll both be okay.

Well.. February 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

@ # 24 How do we know that the kid did not just go into the crosswalk and the driver could not stop in time? Why do you automatically say the driver was texting or on facebook? Were you there? Were you the driver?

I think in this case, we need to wait for the police findings to make a judgement on either party.

Flash February 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Thx Dragon. I am no Radar, Gogo Gomez or Craig Cannon but I like doing my part to help support claycord.

Howard K. Mullins III February 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

From comment monitored on the police scanner, the driver may have been drinking.

momo February 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

OK everyone #5 was being sarcastic. Because we all know people get on this blog all the time to blame the victim

Winston February 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Another day, another pedestrian maimed in Concord. This is something that must be fixed. The roads around here hurt way more people than the criminals.

concord99 February 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Exactly momo, #34. I was being sarcastic, which people should know if they had been reading the threads here for the past few days. It is never ok to hit a pedestrian with a car, unless he or she literally runs right out in front of you. You have to be in control of your car at all times and prepared to stop. This kid, or the homeless guy in the other thread, did not deserve to be hit, crosswalk or not.

Did you hear that Cowellian?

Dorothy February 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

This boy is a Very good boy who was on his way to basketball practice for Mt. Diablo High school. Pray for Joey and his family! Not a kids who was out running the streets but doing a productive day off school.

Horse'n Around February 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I sure hope this boy is OK.

Howard K. Mullins III February 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I pray that the boy recovers and that his family is given the strength to endure this needless tragedy.

me February 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

# 12 ~ Everything you said is spot on! #13 You’re an idiot!

SadPost February 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I hope the young victim makes it through and will be 100% when he does. This is very sad and tragic for all involved. Let’s all slow down, get off the stupid hand held devices, put down the snacks, sodas, and make-up and do nothing but drive.

anonanonagain February 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

@ Well, I am not assuming anything. I’m just frustrated that so many drivers these days are distracted. I see so many people with their faces down, checking out e-mails and texting that I believe that it has become a real every day hazard. Pedestrians ALSO do not look up and have their noses firmly planted on their mini screens and some have ear phones on. I’m just frustrated that our world has become ever more complicated and that life seems to be even more fragile. I am sickened when any child is hurt…..I can’t assume anything in this face paced world…….

anonanonagain February 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

@ Howard K. Mullins, Geez. If that is true, I hope they nail the bastard/ess….

crosswalk February 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Another crosswalk accident. I hope this accident has a good outcome. My question is how long does it take to complete an investigation on these accidents? It seems like the accident last year on Clayton Road when the older gentleman was killed in the crosswalk the driver was arrested on the spot. The accident on Monument last December with the 21 year old skateboarder you haven’t heard a word on any investigation outcome. Do the investigation outcome take months, years, never get solved or are never released to the public?

Nvsbl February 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

One thing that bothers me reading forums like this is that prople seem to automatically highlight a driver for being at fault, or careless, a poor driver or had to be doing something wrong. Let’s be honest this kid was fourteen, in about a year they can be old enough to be behind a wheel learning for their permit. There are two factors here, the driver and the kid. A driver can be watchful as possible doing the speed limit which what is in on this road 35 or even 40? But if a kid walks in front of them giving them less room than it takes their vehicle to stop then what do they do? For this reason I believe #27’s post is the most disturbing comment. I don’t believe anyone on these forums slows down to 15 mph at every single crosswalk they come across just in case, especially on the faster roads with 45mph signs. I think many of us that have been driving for a good period of time have had our fair share of close calls, I’ve had mine and been glad that there was enough luck between both sides to avoid tragedy. Let’s stop trying to put the blame on either party and just pray that they both make it out better people in the end. Not all lessons in life are learned easy.

RaD February 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Really #27? No excuses? What if the kid had ran right out in front of them and there was no time to stop, what then?

My aunt hit a teenages 15 years ago who was having a water fight in her yard and wasn’t paying attention and ran right out in the road. She tried to stop and still skidded into the kid. What then? Oh that’s right, it’s all her fault and she should spend the rest of her life in jail because she hurt a kid. Come on, be realistic. Sometimes there are reasons….

CatWoman February 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I hope this kid is ok. He didn’t deserve this.

Fig Newton February 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Instead of WASTING all the money om Monument Beautification a couple years ago,,,They (The City Want To Be) Engineers should take a look at Solano,,maybe a Stoplight,,,,,,no more money spent on Monument,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,those corridor people have it made there!

toprotectandserve February 11, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Your are an idiot your probable one of those fatty’s that get mad when a biker is in the crossing or a person on foot. Because its so much harder for your lazy butt to push down on a pedal while sitting on your butt to go/stop then for a person to jump,run,get out of way or regain momentum while riding after stopping. Stop being lazy and driving like your in a race and maybe you would not have to live with killing/injuring a child your entire life. Whoever did this there is a good reason they feel ashamed and they should.

Dragon February 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

@concord99, not all of us read every thread all the way through.

Some of us rarely read comments, others read them all and post in copious amounts.

If you’re going to be sarcastic, you need to either use some sort of tag or assume that people will take you seriously. That’s just the way it is in this brave new world of online communication.

toprotectandserve February 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

no # 47 he sure didn’t but the driver deserves it.

worthless driver is a bad driver a bad driver is a worthless driver this goes out to the family and loved ones of the driver.

Somebody get the drivers facebook, lets get some pictures of this person and info. Drivers name should be listed on the article this person thinks they can get away with no one knowing?

concord99 February 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Thanks Dragon. You are absolutely right on this point.

ProFi February 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Any news on the young man’s condition?

Thoughts & prayers to all involved

Chuckie the Troll February 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Another subcompact attack on a human. There oughta be a law…

Unknown February 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Ok too all of you bloggers.. If you only knew the truth you wouldnt write stupid and ignorant things. I know this child and what happened. That lady was speeding and was getting pulled over but she didnt stop and continued till she hit him in THE CROSS WALK yes that is where he was. So she is completely at fault. He is in an induced coma with a tube draining in his brain. Now all of you should really not post anything unless you know facts… Period..

Collen February 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

There needs to be stop lights there. Pehaps speed bumps, as much as they’re not liked much! May have speeds reduced o asafer speed! Just a thogh.

Thinking of you February 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

If anyone has new info about him other then the news let us know it would ease my mind. I was there when it happen and by his side with other people until help came. I pray for his strength to pull through this and for his family.

Bimbo Slice February 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

gotta be the scion’s fault, seems like all the scions I see on the road drive like dicks. just callin it like I see it folks

Bimbo Slice February 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

oh, and at the rate we’re go’in, I propose all of claycord should install speed bumps every 15 feet. it’s the only solution

Listen February 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Hope he pulls through, so young so much life to live.

Gimli February 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I’ve never seen someone cross without looking be it in a crosswalk or other. Who are these made up people who don’t look?? You should be going 25 or less around a crosswalk anyway. You are responsible to be an alert driver. There is no road marked 45mph limit with a crosswalk! Nice try!

poor child February 12, 2013 at 4:33 AM

I heard the boy is going to be in a coma for a few days and his brain was bleeding. He was in surgery. Look at the updates on the other article about this on claycord

Misti February 12, 2013 at 5:53 AM

It is so sad, I know this family, his sister used to go to our preschool.
I am so sorry to hear about your son, I hope he gets better soon.
You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mac February 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I think this makes us all realize, that you are never save walking into the street.
Even when you are in a cross walk.

I really hope this young man comes thru this.
And back to normal before long.

So let`s slow the cars down.
And look all around us at all times, when walking in or around any street.

D22 February 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

This is horrible. People need to slow the heck down. Concord99 is an ignorant ass. He was in the crosswalk and a good friend of mine. Nobody deserves to be run down, ever. People need to learn to drive better, stop texting, start paying attention. You really aren’t that important. Your precious Facebook, Twitter, etc will still be there when you get home. Sorry for the rant, but people need to pay more attention.

SMILE February 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM


concord99 February 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

D22: apparently you did not read the entire thread. Re-read it and tell me how much of an ass I am then.

Erin February 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I’m pretty sure #5 was being sarcastic….right???

Erin February 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Oops! I just read the rest of the posts and saw that Concord99 was in fact being sarcastic. It was very obvious to me. I can’t believe there are people that read that and think there are actually people out there who think it is okay to run people down who are not in the cross walk. I think you all need a little more faith in humanity.

family friend of joey February 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

First of all I am a really close friend of the mom and joey. So let’s get some things straight he was in the crosswalk, and no matter what you don’t run no one over that’s in a cross walk that’s why there called cross walks. If people would just slow down and pay attention while they are driving a weapon.understand it might just be an accident..I am sure the lady feels bad.still no one needs to talk like an idiot. Joey is in serious condition, and this someone kid.All we need is prayers, not dumbasses.

family friend of joey February 12, 2013 at 8:23 PM

I will update the post later visiting joey right now. So please pray for him.

judy February 12, 2013 at 9:38 PM

God bless Joey and his family.We pray that he will be restored to good health and we pray for the lady who accidently hit him as well.-in Jesus’s name…..

family friend of joey February 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Joey is stable but still not looking good. Every one just keep praying that his swelling on his brain goes down &stays down. I will update the page tonight from the hospital. Barbara reads what every one posts to her busy, so please every one pray for her to stay and to keep it together this is her little boy.

Denise February 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Continuing to pray for Joey and his family. Have known the family for 3 years and they are all amazing. Thanks for keeping us posted family friend of Joey.

From Sun Terrace February 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM

All of us who have taught or known Joey are wishing him a speedy recovery!

Teacher February 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Everyone who taught Joey and everyone who knew him from Sun Terrace Elementary wish him a speedy recovery!

Jules February 14, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Many good thoughts for Joey and his family! Such a good kid with his heart in the right place. I will pray for his recovery and to return to the courts in top form.

Compassionate Anon February 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

My high school friend updated us on Joey’s status today. I went to school with joey’s uncles and their wives. Joey is a great kid, a basketball star and is really a sweetie. If any of you knew him, you’d know he doesn’t deserve where he is or this nightmare he and hs mom are going through. He is still in a medically induced coma and has his ups and downs. Not out of the woods by a long shot. These medical bills are going to be outrageous. If anyone wants to help, post here and ill get you in contact with is mom. They aren’t asking for anything. Let’s rally and do the right thing for a great kid who in no way deserved this. Instead of being know it alls, lets try and summon our compassionate side and help this sweet, longtime Concord local family out a bit.

mamatosix85 February 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Thank you for the update. This has been weighing so heavy on my heart. Please post if they are going to do a fund raiser. Much love to him and his family.

one mom to another February 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM

If anyone has ideas for a fundraiser I would love to help organize. I have been praying for Joey and his family since I heard of this horrible tragedy. My daughter is a friend of his and we would like to help somehow.

shoppermom February 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

The news quoted Joey’s dad as saying he was doing better and doctors expected him to make a full recovery – is this not the case? I know a lot of local families who know Joey and his family and would love to help out by doing a fundraiser, bringing the family meals, whatever they can do to help. Please let everyone know how they can help. I can’t even imagine what Joey’s family is going through.

Teacher February 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

How is Joey doing?

BNice February 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM

All prayers
All love

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