UPDATE & PHOTO – Car Hits Pole in Front of Concord High School

February 15, 2013 21:24 pm · 41 comments


Concord Boulevard remains closed in both directions at West Street & also at Mendocino due to a major injury collision in front of Concord High School.

The driver, who we’re hearing is a male, received major head injuries. The passenger, a little girl, is said to be injured, but nothing life-threatening.

The road will remain closed until at least 10pm.

Thanks to “Flash” for the picture from the crash.

Libertarian Gunner February 15, 2013 at 9:31 PM


Larkin Walken February 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Oh, no. This is awful. I hope both of them will be okay.

Anon February 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Oh, no. I am so sorry for the little girl and the man and hope the injuries heal quickly. How terrifying for her. God bless her and the driver (her father/brother?)

anon February 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Check for the speed- if he was at fault– child endangerment

Spanky Fortuna February 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Put down the phone and PAY ATTENTION!

The New Rhodesian February 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Still closed.

Piper February 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Were they trying to make a left turn into CHS? I’m trying to imagine how someone could get their car wrapped around a pole like that on the driver’s side without another car being involved. I hope that everyone recovers quickly!
#5 it doesn’t say that they were on their phone anywhere, don’t be so quick to make assumptions.

Sar Casm February 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Oh look, it’s a middle aged stripper…….I mean a cougar wrapped around a pole. All kidding aside, I hope the occupants are okay.

Concerned February 16, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Does anyone know what kind of car it was?? It looks like someone i may know….

Smokey February 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM

There was a basketball game and a musical performance that evening. Amazing no one was standing on that corner when this accident occurred. It looked very bad, but it could have been much, much worse.

Kimchee February 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM


NRA #1 fan and member February 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Another sucker who shouldn’t be driving

Hb February 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

How about instead of being ignorant morons, pray for this family!

l February 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

it is a cougar, it was his daughter, she is ok.. he is pretty banged up. it does seem like another car was involved from what i hear

Minutemom February 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Our family was at the musical performance last night and saw the car, smelled the gasoline leaking out of it and felt the sadness of this tragedy with everyone around us…we are praying.

Angela February 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

How about sympathy for this family??? It doesn’t at anything about phones or speed. I know the young man that was the driver and his daughter who was in the car with him. His family and friends are worried about him. He is in icu and his daughter thankfully is ok. There is nothing new right now about the circumstances. Just hoping my friends comes out of this for his daughter.

Anonymouse February 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I can not judge but man those are some gnarly skid marks there I see today . I would think from those they easily estimate speed right?

But someone said its only 2 lanes? This area of concord blvd prior to concord high (coming from clayton area ) has 2 lanes in each direction plus a middle turn lane.

Hope he will be ok.

CatWoman February 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Thank God no one was fatally hurt in this accident. That looks god awful!

Not My Job February 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

How many flares did they use to control traffic? And do they not get paid enough to at least pick up the debris left behind? There are dozens of plastic flare caps strewed about.

Have some sympathy February 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The keyboard jockeys are at it again.

Hey, here’s a tip, if you don’t know the cause of an accident, keep your comments to yourself out of respect for the victim & victim’s family and don’t waste our time.

Otherwise your comments about speed, cellphones, etc. are just dumbass remarks.

No Excuses February 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I’m also hoping the Dad fully recovers, and is able to tell what happened. He probably was going to fast, but I’m betting someone ran across the street in front of him, and through a hard-quick braking maneuver he sacrificed himself (unintentionally) to keep from hitting someone else.

If I’m right, it surly would be nice if the person he didn’t run over would come forward–but I won’t hold my breath.

concerned citizen February 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM

At no excuses i was thinking his little girl asked him a question and he looked down over at her or at the doggy. Hopefully he will recover.

anon February 16, 2013 at 6:54 PM

So what happened? The skid marks are from the left hand turn lane and then cross over two lanes to hit the pole.
Did an 18 wheeler hit this guy and push his car into the pole?

poor child February 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

i swear, people in california shouldnt be allowed to drive. its either they are racing, texting and driving, drinking and driving, running into poles, fire hydrants and anything else they want to hit.

brig February 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

From the skid marks it looks like he was traveling towards downtown concord in front of Dave Brubeck park, fast lane skid marks start – all the way into slow lane and up on curb and hitting a 2 foot thick steel light pole. Can’t believe no fatalities. Let’s all slow down a little bit huh? I’d rather we all got home safe. Same place where ( and pardon me for not knowing names/ dates ) several teenagers died in the 80’s maybe early 90’s? Thats why you see the tree in fron of the High School is always decorated.

eb February 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Why do people always assume that the person hurt in a situation somehow caused it themselves? Does it make you feel like it can’t happen to you? From what witnesses have said, another vehicle tapped this one and caused him to lose control of the vehicle. There does not have to be speeding to cause skid marks, only trying to stop quickly, which someone would do had they been hit and lost control of their car. I hope he recovers quickly and fully from this terrible accident.

Jim February 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

This was a hit and run crime! I hope that the Concord Police department finds the culprit who did this. The tire marks made by this car and its known destination tells an unmistakable story here. I have been to the crime scene, spoke with people who know him well, and to me, this was clearly a hit and run accident.

The rear end of this vehicle was abruptly knocked 15 degrees Clockwise (CW) over to the center lane and then all 4 tires locked up while the vehicle spun 270 degrees Counter Clockwise (CCW) until it was stopped by the traffic pole you see in the picture. The only way the rear end of a car can jump over like that, while it is in motion, to cause the driver to overcorrect the direction of a vehicle into an uncontrollable CCW skid… is another car.

I hope Police find the person who did this.

nytemuvr February 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Even in the late 60s and 70s when I was going to CHS that was a bad intersection, they didn’t have lights there then. Real bad one on Mendicino that ran into a house about ’72 through the “S” curve, just a block away from Concord Blvd.

JANE February 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM


Jessica February 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Im so glad I’m not friends or related to most of you here. You’re all dumb. Sadly, some of you have already reproduced. Scary.

Howard K. Mullins III February 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM


@ Jessica

I wonder how many people feel the same way about you?


Atticus Thraxx February 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Jane says
I’m done with sergio
He treats me like a ragdoll
She hides
The television
Says “i don’t owe him nothing,
But if he comes back again
Tell him to wait right here for me
Try again tomorrow”
“i’m gonna kick tomorrow…”
“i’m gonna kick tomorrow…”
Jane says
Have you seen my wig around?
I feel naked without it”
She knows
They all want her to go
But that’s ok man
She don’t like them anyway
Jane says “i’m going away to spain
I get my money saved
I’m gonna start tomorrow”
“i’m gonna kick tomorrow…”
“i’m gonna kick tomorrow…”
She gets mad
And she starts to cry
Takes a swing but
She can’t hit!
She don’t mean no harm
She just don’t know…
What else to do about it
Jane goes
To the store at eight
She walks up on st. andrews
She waits
And gets her dinner there
She pulls her dinner
From her pocket
Jane says i’ve never been in love – no
She don’t know what it is
She only knows if someone wants her
“i only want ’em if they want me,…”
“i only know they want me…”
Jane says…
Jane says…

Baby daddy February 18, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Speaking of reproducing, Jessica the check is going to be late this month. I’ll try and drop off some Mac and cheese later. Lates.

Jim February 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Seriously folks, if you know someone that has recently acquired new dent this weekend on their left front bumper, perhaps with a little white paint on it, please contact the authorities or let someone here know about it. I would be very surprised to find out that the investigators on this case haven’t already started following up on leads left on the right rear quarter panel on this car.

sad February 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM

i hope that they will both be ok, especially the driver. i’m glad hte child will be ok.

Clayton Rd February 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

No handles..

Jessica February 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Anyone no how the father is doing? I stayed with his daughter after the crash and she was so worried about her dad. My heart goes out to the family and the daughter for being so brave

amber February 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Dear jessica, I’m the father sister…hes doing much better…day by day he’s improving. We can’t thank you enough for staying with my niece. Were you the one who distracted her with the ipad? Again we thank you

Jessica February 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Yes my two kids age 4 and 6 sat with her and played games on the iPad.she was so cute as she got into the ambulance she said by to kailey who was the same age has her.

amber February 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Thank you again! We like to extend our thanks…if you can email me a way for us to get into contact with you…my email is ambermc16@gmail.com thanks again

jane February 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM

There appears there were witneses to this accident. if you DID NOT talk to the police offiecers please contact the concord police dept OR THE FAMILY. seems lots of people think this was a hit and run. {Please help this family if you know something. Does not seem he just spun out on his own. HAd to be tapped or nicked by another vehicle. if you saw something PLEASE HELP! Please help and pray for this wonderful famly. stop the judging and just help and pray for him. want email address to help this family let me know. the police need your help.

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