Concord Pedestrian Dies at John Muir in Walnut Creek After Being Struck by Vehicle

February 16, 2013 20:57 pm · 120 comments

mitch

A 52-year-old Concord native has died, just six days after he was struck by a vehicle on Clayton Road, according to the family of Mitch Carscadden.

Carscadden was hit by a vehicle on February 10th while jay-walking across Clayton Road, near Bailey Road.

Carscadden died on Friday night at John Muir in Walnut Creek. He was also battling cancer at the time of his death.

R.I.P.

photo: courtesy of the Carscadden family

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1 bent February 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

you’ve posted about him before. I remember the picture. RIP

2 blah February 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

He looks really young for 52! Good looking man !

3 Sad February 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Sad, but please don’t tell me that driver will be given any jail time for this.

4 Whitney February 16, 2013 at 9:06 PM

:( He lived a hard life. Sad to hear of his passing. Nobody should die that way… homeless or not. My condolences to his family.

5 SK February 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Condolences to the family. I’m sorry for your loss.

6 Sumsocool February 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.

7 Just Me February 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

#2 that is not a current photo

Awwww this makes me so sad. I had always hoped for the best for Mitch. He’s at peace now. I hope he’s happy and free of his inner demons. Prayers of peace and acceptance to his family.

8 no1bartman February 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Oh my God. My good friend Mitch has died. I didn’t realize it was him that was struck last week. So very sad. My heart and prayers go out to his family. You will be missed my friend. He did live a hard life as do some of us. But this is no way to die.

9 Mimi (original) February 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I’m so sorry to hear this. RIP Mitch.

10 J. February 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Mitch was living with family on a small Court right off Bailey, very near Clayton Road. It would make sense for Mitch to be crossing right near there.

Condolences to the family.

Rest in Peace, Mitchell.

11 Does anyone know February 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Is this the dad of a girl names Ronda Carscadden?

12 RIP February 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Mitch been in conord forever. He joins Terance who passed about 3 weeks ago. Rip Mitch.

13 Family Member February 16, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Mitchell was on life support the entire time. The brain injury from being hit was just too much for him to survive. It is just tragic that any person has to go this way. RIP Mitch. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers.

14 kurt February 16, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Isn’t he one of the dreaded concord 13?

15 karebear February 16, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Very sad,for mitch ,knew him well ,rip

16 Happyness February 16, 2013 at 9:42 PM

RIP Mitch. Yes, one of the 13. :-( So sad, and handsome!

17 suprehmdaddy February 16, 2013 at 9:42 PM

may you rest in peace my friend im so sorry that things ended for you this way my prayers go out to your family … finally in peace you will be missed

18 karebear February 16, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Omg terrance also ,wow ,,rip mitch and terrance who i knew for yrs ,,,,sad,sad ,,prayers for ur,family ,,,,,,

19 Big E February 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM

May The Lord Jesus Christ Welcome You And Comfort Your Family…….

20 Big E February 16, 2013 at 9:51 PM

It Is Done……. God Bless Mrs. Carscadden

21 L February 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

@Sad, I’m hearing the person who hit him was possibly drunk while driving actually.

RIP Mitch.

22 waverunner February 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Kurt – even though Mitch was one of the “original” 13 guys, he was never “dreaded” and never created any trouble like some of them did. He was sort of like a fixture along the Clayton corridor and now I understand why he was always hanging around the McDonald’s area and Dianda Plaza. It was because his family lived nearby. There aren’t too many of the original 13 left now.

How sad to die the way he did after cleaning up, battling cancer and getting chemo. I thought he might have a chance of making it, but the street just called to him one too many times.

Condolences to his family.

23 chubby February 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

what is “the Concord 13″, please?

24 waverunner February 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM

chubby – “the concord 13″ were a group of homeless guys who hung around Clayton Rd. specifically around Dianda Plaza where Ace Hardware is, McDonald’s, Nations, the Bel Air shopping center, Newhall Park. The most notorious one was Ricky Fisher, Mitch, Donald Dohrman, Michael Wales, Michael Woods, ? Sirhan, Saliese. They were always drunk and always harassing people for food, booze and money. They were a disgusting bunch. Some were highly volatile when drunk, like Fisher.

Over the last few years, most have drifted away due to being incarcerated, killed by their buddies, killed while trying to cross Clayton Rd., dying from unknown causes, sent to rehab. etc., etc. There are only a few left now. They have been the subject of many a story on Claycord.

25 no1bartman February 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Didn’t know Terrance died recently also. Yes there are very few of us left, the Concord 13. We were a group of friends that lived and hung out in the Clayton Rd area.

26 hector ahumada February 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

So sad to hear that my friend and neibor is dead, RIP Mitch.

27 Anon February 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Sorry to hear that his choices in life lead to his death, and the traumatizing of an innocent driver.

28 Schmee February 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Was Mitch the guy who always had a food Max shipping cart on Clayton road? I recognize the mustache I think. The picture must have been in much better times.

29 y February 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

@Does anyone know

no he is not. he didnt have any kids

30 Concord resident February 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Now that I see his picture I know who he is….so heart breaking I always thought he looked a little like Tom Seleck….I pray he’s in a better place, I can only speak for myself but he was always a gentleman towards me and I want his family to know that there are people who cared about him.

31 waverunner February 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

To Schmee – Yes – he had that cart everywhere he went.

32 a mothers heart February 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

No, he was not Rhonda carscaddens father but they are related…rest in peace Mitch…I was always rooting for you. Personally, I always felt Mitch struggled with mental health issues, and the drinking was some form of self medication. He had a hard life, but was always courteous to my children and I. Peace to you Mitchell…I wish he knew how many were concerned for him.

33 sad news February 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM

RIP Magnum PI

34 no1bartman February 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM

My prayers to you all. He and Terrance will be together looking over you.

35 Anonymous February 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Clayton road claims another soul.

36 Erik February 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Although the picture is outdated, it served its purpose because I knew exactly who it was after looking at it. Although he never gave me problems, he did constantly ask for booze, joints, or money every single time I came across him. He looked impaired every time, too. I often saw him and a few buddies loitering around the food maxx parking lot. None of them seemed to try and better themselves, but i am not one to know. I give my prayers regardless. RIP .

37 Sad news February 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Sad news! I used to see him pushed a foodmax cart. He does push ups at every street corner at clayton rd. remember giving him change. He’s harmless. He went through a lot. May he rest in peace.

38 JW February 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I remember seeing him around Clayton Rd. when I lived in that area. This is very sad. My condolences to his family and friends. I remember seeing the other guys walking around Clayton rd. I really do feel bad and wish that I knew how to give a hand up to guys that need one. If there is one thing that bugs me it is when I see people on the streets. I don’t like to give money because I have heard stories about people not really needing it and scamming. I think that there were some scam artists with kids that I read about on this site. I wish that there was a way to differentiate between those that need help and those that are trying to get over on society. If I was able to do something for one of these people (The 13 or whatever), it may not have saved Mitch’s life. However, if there was a way to at least give them a hand up sometime and show them that there are people in society that care in some way, it might help get them off of the streets sooner. I said may. I am no expert on what makes a man turn to his demons or makes a person wander the streets, but it does bug me and I do feel for these guys. I am really pained because of this guys hard life and his cancer. He was in the right place with his family and if he would have beaten it, he would have probably not been on the streets again. I don’t know what stage he was at but it just makes me feel aweful for his family. Sorry to post such a long spiel. I hope the man is in a better place now with no suffering. RIP.

39 Kim February 17, 2013 at 1:40 AM

This is terribly sad. My prayers are with him and his family :(

40 Larkin Walken February 17, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Did Mitch used to hang out with a shopping cart in bushes along the sidewalk near the corner of Bel Air Drive and Treat Blvd.? I think I saw him there on the day that he later got hit. Sad to think he had to die in this way. I hope he can finally RIP.

41 He asked me to marry him once... February 17, 2013 at 2:20 AM

I should have said yes when he asked me…I could have sheltered him, loved him, awww so many regrets…RIP my love

42 just me saying February 17, 2013 at 2:25 AM

I remember seeing May he be in a betterMitch for a lot of years around McDonalds area. He never bothered anyone that I saw. Tragic life and a tragic end to his life. May he be in a better place. My condolences to his family and friends.

43 just me saying February 17, 2013 at 2:26 AM

I remember seeing Mitch for a lot of years around McDonalds area. He never bothered anyone that I saw. Tragic life and a tragic end to his life. May he be in a better place. My condolences to his family and friends.

44 Parsnip February 17, 2013 at 5:48 AM

My sympathies to his family and friends.

45 @Waverunner February 17, 2013 at 6:48 AM

The street didn’t call to him … alcohol & drugs called to him. Hopefully now he rests in peace, away from his demons.

46 SeeK February 17, 2013 at 6:52 AM

I saw him on Clayton Road many times. I always thought he was very nice looking and wondered why he would want to be on the streets. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

47 cvhseagle83 February 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Mitch was one of the best looking guys around when we were in high school. Very sad how life turns out. I too was on the brink of hell. Homeless, living in my storage shelter, children sent to relatives. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I had to battle my demons alone. I was kicked to the curb at a homeless shelter and lived in Restart for a year. It was a long road back and I have been clean off the meth for 10 years! Now whenever I go to concord/surrounding areas I get a mild form of PTSD. The bowling alley,clayton high, newhall park, bel-air drive, bailey road etc have good memeories but the bad memories are still so prelevant. RIP Mitch,hope you finally have peace. Could’ve been me.

48 Rathernot February 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM

I have such fond memories of Mitch. I remember the first time he screamed and cussed me out because I wouldn’t give him any money. I really appreciated that as my kids were with me. Also, I remember exactly where I was the first times I saw Mitch urinating and deficating in public. What a joy to see. How many women out there were scared to death of this guy and his aggressive panhandling and erratic behavior.

Really?! You people are lame; for the past how many years you have been screaming for the heads of the Claycord 13. Mitch was a drain on society, even at the end of his miserable life. I, for one, would like to arrange the homeless olympics with the first game being transient frogger. The victor wins a 24 ounce can of their favorite homeless beverage, Steel Reserve.

Adios Mitch, hope some more of your buddies join you soon.

49 MeryH February 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM

RIP and condolences to his family and friends. Very sad…….

50 Bobby Sands February 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Mitch is a fine example of the very best of Claycord.

51 Brian Griffin February 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

@Rathernot
People don’t behave like that unless they have mental health issues. We wish those people to get better not die.

52 City Girl February 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

No matter the circumstances of his life, it sounds like he was deeply loved. My condolences to Mitch’s family.

I have lived very near the intersection of Clayton/Thornwood and Clayton/Bailey for almost 29 years. I did not know Mitch nor do I recognize him. I rarely see any people who are homeless in this area except for when I go to the post office. I suppose that’s b/c I avoid Clayton Rd between Bailey and Mendocino like the plague. I always take back streets or Concord Blvd just to avoid all the traffic, traffic lights, pedestrians and jaywalkers. I almost NEVER go into Food Maxx because it’s such a dump….Ace about 3 or 4 times a year. I sure wish The City of Concord would do something to clean up Clayton between Claycord or Bailey and Treat. It makes much of our otherwise nice neighborhood (north of Clayton) look trashy and invites undesirable behaviors

53 anon February 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

” I used to see him pushed a foodmax cart.”

This is a crime

“Could’ve been me.”

Not if you didn’t jaywalk

This says it all:
I have such fond memories of Mitch. I remember the first time he screamed and cussed me out because I wouldn’t give him any money. I really appreciated that as my kids were with me. Also, I remember exactly where I was the first times I saw Mitch urinating and deficating in public. What a joy to see. How many women out there were scared to death of this guy and his aggressive panhandling and erratic behavior.

Ask any cop to tell you how many times he was arrested.
This cost the city many dollars
But wait–everyone tell us how great he was…I guess the specifics of the paragraph about ” I saw Mitch urinating and deficating in public” don’t matter….bye Mitch & may the other 12 leave also

54 LorieStories February 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Let he who is with out sin cast the first stone. Jesus loved Mitch just as he loves us. ;0) (Yes, I too forget this sometimes)

55 KenInConcord February 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

For those who are confused about the time of the picture,

This picture was taken in 2000, the second picture was taken within the last year or so

http://claycord.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/mitch2.jpg?w=300

56 City Girl February 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Anon #54 – Are you KIDDING me?? You must be! No one in their right mind would say such a thing much less think it. Wow!

57 nik kat February 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I will have fond memories,we went to school together a time of innocence before we were even touched by drugs and booze.I will remember that guy my first kiss rest in peace lost soul

58 SanDee February 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

@Rathernot
Did you know your hurtful, hateful comments are being read by a grieving Mother, who did nothing.

You can be a terrific parent and your children can still grow up and make choices that disappoint you.
Some choices are life altering and rip your heart out. BUT, you never stop loving your children no matter what they do.

HEAR THIS: I pray no Mother ever has to go through this, she basically lost her son twice.
Once when hit by the car and told there was not much chance for him surviving, the second time when she had to make the choice to take him off life support.
No one deserves that, not even someone as hateful as you.

59 DoReMi February 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

@ #48 cvhseagle83

Live!!!!! So glad you had the spine to step into the good life.

60 Horse'n Around February 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

@ anon 54. Sorry to say, but what you say is very true. I have have to deal with him on occasions that unfortunatley also involved my kids. I wont go into details as it really doesn’t matter. I know his family loved him, but I’m glad that there is one less drunken 13 that I have to worry about now. He made his choice. Sorry that it ended the way it did though.

61 Don't Censor Me Bro February 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Life/Death/The Dash/And Then???

The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

“I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?”

62 Don't Censor Me Bro February 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

@LS #55, the ultimate question is — Did Mitch accept the free gift of eternal life & love Jesus the Christ?

63 anon February 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

This family “lost’ Mitch a long time ago to the drugs, alcohol, and lifestyle he chose to lead. I am sorry for all of the pain he has put everyone through. May he rest in peace, free from the addiction that held him in its grip.

I had a sibling who also chose this path in life. The pain it caused us over the years was just unbearable. The addiction takes over every aspect of everyones lives.

I encountered Mitch, as well as other 13 many times along that area over the years. It wasn’t pretty, and as a result of the homeless problem and generally unsafe living situation for families I took my family and moved to a nicer community. Concord needs to clean it up.

64 Craig Cannon February 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Homeless, less fortunate, he was no different a Human like the rest of us. It must be hell living at the mercy of the Street from time to time. I hope now Heaven has become his Just Reward. Peace be with you Mr. Carscadden.

65 anonanonagain February 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Sad way to die. As some say here, a mother lost her son.
However, I encountered Mitch on a few occasions as he yelled and cursed at me for not giving him money or buying him booze. Most times with my young child in tow. Also one encounter with him, while walking to TJ Maxx he accosted me as I was walking by the bank and scared the crap out of me.
RIP but it is one less angry, drunk person off the streets……

66 anon February 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

“Did you know your hurtful, hateful comments are being read by a grieving Mother, who did nothing.”

No one is forcing her to read this..she should have gotten him into treatment…but alcohol & drugs was his choice #54 is 100% right
so is this person:

“However, I encountered Mitch on a few occasions as he yelled and cursed at me for not giving him money or buying him booze. Most times with my young child in tow. Also one encounter with him, while walking to TJ Maxx he accosted me as I was walking by the bank and scared the crap out of me.
RIP but it is one less angry, drunk person off the streets……”

67 Jerk February 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Sheesh! All these comments: “He was such a handsome man”, “He asked me to marry him” etc – Means Absolutely NOTHING.
Maybe if you would have spoken up or acted when He was Alive things would be different.
Don’t even say what could have been after someone’s deceased – Disgusting Cowards.

68 john February 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM

One less drunk off the street and a safer Concord.

69 @Anon67 February 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

@Anon67 Just to let you know his mother is in her 80′s and you know nothing of his past or what treatment she have may tried to get for her son. So as no one is forcing her to read these comments, she is still grieving for her child. Until you lose a child (which is the ultimate pain, no matter the child’s age) you should spare her feelings. Also, I don’t wish this pain on anybody!

70 skippy February 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Sometimes, I can’t believe I’ve lived in this town since 1970. I went to all the local public schools, but most of the time I never know who people are talking about on this blog, like the “dreaded 13″. Never heard of them and don’t plan on thinking about them again. Don’t people go to work and come home and get on with their lives? People pay so much attention to every freakin’ detail, names, dates, etc.

Sorry for Mitch’s family, but it sounds like they lost him a long time ago.

71 ma58 February 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I was always told IF YOU CANT SAY ANYTHING NICE DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!! Let the family grieve in peace,let mitchell rest in piece!!! you people need to stop judging and leave that job up to god!!!!!!!!To mitchells family may God give you all the strength to get through this mitchel will be missed RIP mitchell!!!!!!

72 Keifer February 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

@Brian Griffin, you are WRONG. Mental health issues do not always cause this kind of behavior.
He died as he lived; staggering the streets.

73 Anon February 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

This man had so many issues. I recall him standing on the corner of Thornwood /Clayton urinating right out there for all to see. He didn’t care what he did – he just did what he wanted to do.

74 Mimi (original) February 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Brief memorial for him today behind Coco’s. Family; will there be a service?

75 lizzie February 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Sorry for your loss, but I am THANKFUL that my grand daughter will never see you urinate in front of her again! (Wells Fargo Bank, 11/2012)……

76 SanDee February 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

@anon 67
No one is forcing her to read this, or you to write what you have.

His elderly mother suffered every second and minute for 6 long day’s waiting and hoping for a sign of life.
So why write the words that only make her suffer more?
It changes nothing, Mitch is dead, he will no longer be around to breathe your air, so end of story as far as YOU should be concerned.

As for treatment? You do not know to what lengths that family has gone too. Some of it worked, because he was not homeless when he died.

77 SanDee February 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

@Don’t Censor Me Bro
I wish I knew the answer to that. I pray he was forgiven and was at peace with the Lord.

78 Parsnip February 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

@lizzie #76 — Hopefully the same courtesies will be achieved with your granddaughter … that and other things.

79 Linda Goodman February 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Mitch May you rest in peace! God Bless You Always! I Love You!

80 Parsnip February 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

@anon #54 –
“‘Could’ve been me’
Not if you didn’t jaywalk”

These types of deaths are reserved for jaywalkers? My, my. How memories fade in less than six months:

http://claycord.com/2012/09/08/walnut-creek-man-arrested-for-vehicular-manslaughter-after-fatal-crash-on-north-main/

81 D Carscadden February 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM

You have something to say, say it to me. Seems like everyone with the negative comments all of sudden grew a pair now that Mitchell is no longer around to defend himself. You are all pathetic, grow a back bone and get a life!

82 PollyP925 February 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Mayor what is the update on the driver?

I feel very sad for Mitch. Having a sibling with much of the same issues, though not on the street (very close), I hope the family will just ignore and forgive the mean people posting here. They clearly know not of what they speak. Having a family member with addiction or mental illness (or both) can rip your heart out, time and time again. God Bless his family and I wish them peace as they grieve Mitch. I always, always hoped for a success story related to Mitch :( It was not to be, I would never wish ill on him or any of them. I just wish some didn’t get so lost along their path of life. No one deserves this.

83 concord99 February 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I just was driving down Clayton by IHOP and Taco Bell, after I came from Pittsburg via Bailey Road.

First of all, I was terrified by the mountainous road that is Bailey Road. I was worried I was going to be attacked by camels. I drove 35-40 mph all the way.

Then, on Clayton, right by Taco Bell, I saw someone jaywalking in a dark hoodie, running across the street at 9:30 at night. I also saw a homeless encampment by Taco Bell by the empty parking lot.

What has become of Concord?

84 Bob February 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Is this guy a “hero” now? For being a dirtbag? Hello?

85 Cowellian February 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM

It would appear that Mitch has a lot more support, now that he’s no longer around.

86 karebear February 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Wow some heartless people ,i knew mitch.just from jogging every am ,he was never rude to me or my kids,never asked me for money,,why dont you keep ur rude comments to urself ,it could be you next

87 Photogenic February 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I was stunned to see Mitch. I took many photos of him as he had “Tom Selleck” looks. He always had to have his name and prints before I showed him to his room.

88 Scott February 18, 2013 at 3:01 AM

This is so sad for me. About a decade ago now, I worked at the LaunderLand laundromat on Bailey Rd. Mitch would be very often right there between the laundromat and the TJ Maxx. The last time I saw him was probably about a year ago outside of Nations.

While I did not know him and only talked to him once (when our laundromat was robbed, I asked if he happened to see anything, unfortunately he thought I was accusing him and he walked off silently) I believe he was a good guy.

I would have to bet he suffered from schizophrenia from what I saw. People suffering from schizophrenia have a high incident rate of transience and substance abuse issues are HIGHLY likely. This man was not a bad man and it is sad to see people categorize somebody so quickly. He lived a hard life and may he RIP.

I urge all of you morons to look deeply into the Pyschological and Sociological aspects of life. Nobody understands anybody these days and its sad. More sad that they don’t care to at least try.

89 Horse'n Around February 18, 2013 at 6:36 AM

@ Cowellian lol
@Karebear No it wont be me next. I follow the law. Glad he didn’t bother you. My family, not so lucky.

90 Don't Censor Me Bro February 18, 2013 at 6:48 AM

@Jerk #68…

In that case, please share with the group, exactly what YOU did for Mitch while he was alive?

91 Parsnip February 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

@Bob #85 — No. He isn’t a “hero.” The initial report seemed to put more emphasis upon the fact that he was homeless as opposed to a pedestrian making bad judgment.

So, of course, that gave everyone the opportunity to override their OWN imperfections and start a hens’ club by cluck-cluck-clucking solely about homeless as opposed to pedestrians jaywalking.

Now the boards are laden with a bunch of posters who THINK they are perfect, which they aren’t — they’re “okay” so long as they take their Paxil, Adderall, Ritalin, etc.

Tomorrow will be twenty-one years since I lost my son to heart failure in school. I know what it’s like to lose a loved one. Do you? Or are you another epitome of perfection (in your own eyes)?

The supposed homeless of today pretty much dig their own graves. But that should have no bearing upon the fact that he was killed for jaywalking. Those WITH homes jaywalk too.

The guy might have meant nothing to you. But he meant something to someone. THAT is what the article, and the compassion, should have concentrated on.

92 @cowellian February 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM

@cowellian. He has always had support. Read the previous threads and his family has written in.

93 @mayor February 18, 2013 at 8:08 AM

@mayor any updates on driver?

94 Now u get it February 18, 2013 at 8:19 AM

RIP Mitch, et. al., now it seems because
he was a ” local” person, we feel for him.
Sometimes even family can’t help.
But Mitch is, was, every homeless
Person, they all have a ” back story”.
We can’t help them all, but to do
nothing and let one who could be
helped fall through the cracks is just
wrong.

95 @Bob February 18, 2013 at 8:24 AM

No more than you are an a-hole
for your comment, not a hero,
he was human, you got any of
that in you?

96 RJ February 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

No big loss here. Another shining example of the filth that Concord has chosen to surround itself with. Smelly, worthless bums wandering the streets and you people try to out grieve one another when one does the world a favor and completes his journey into nothingness. Sad it didn’t come 52 years earlier..

97 Parsnip February 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

@RJ #97 — the article is about Mitch Carscadden, not your mother.

98 Don't Censor Me Bro February 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM

@Parsnip 92 opined, “Now the boards are laden with a bunch of posters who THINK they are perfect, which they aren’t — they’re “okay” so long as they take their Paxil, Adderall, Ritalin, etc.”

Is that a fact?
Got proof?
How do you know the state of mind of other posters?

What no compassion for those who are taking “Paxil, Adderall, Ritalin, etc.?”

jus’ wonderin’

99 Dr. Worm February 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Sorry for your loss, Parsnip.
Was it the Ritalin?

100 Really?? February 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

#82 .. . Ill step to you . . name the place . . . this guy was an obnoxious aggressive worhless P.O.S. a bum who harrassed innocent people for his drug/alcohol lifestyle. . A drain on city and county resources . . . He made horrible decisions in his life. . . and now thats that . . .Sounds like you want all this sympathy from all who have encountered this blight to our fine city . .I cant do that .
Look im not trying to be unsympathetic . . but im NO enabler .. ask my kids . . I know bad things happpen to good people . . but he had options . . there are so many programs out there . . he made shit decisions and thats what happens sometimes. . . .Sorry he was a DREADED 13 and I for one am sorry not to see them all dwindling away.

Signed ,
Born and raised here and I want my old Concord back

101 Horse'n Around February 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

@ 101. Your words are so true. Tell it like it is!. My family has also had to deal with him. It’s not that we don’t feel sorry for his family but, what about MY family? Will they come face to face with my family and say sorry? Sorry for their son who yelled F-U to me in front of my kids, because I wasn’t going to give him MY spare change. Or like someone else who posted about how they saw him peeing in front of everyone and not caring. Where is MY apology? Why should I or my family have to see this? I also was born and raised in Concord. And I shouldn’t have to have my family see and hear such fowl mouthed and discusting people here in Concord.

102 SanDee February 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

@Parsnip
I am so sorry about the loss of your son. He might have been here for a short time, but he left a lifetime of memories for you to cherish.
My condolences for your loss.

103 Parsnip February 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

@Worm #100 — No, boy. That must be the stuff you take. I said heart failure. Have your mama read it to you. (If her antisocial behavior is controllable, that is.)

104 Parsnip February 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Thanks, SanDee — Great life, beautiful memories, so I’m very fortunate from that aspect. : )

I don’t understand the struggle that Mitch’s family has gone through regarding his past, but I do understand what they WILL be going through and wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.

105 Wolfman February 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Simmer down you guys. What would Jesus do? RIP Mitch and God bless Mrs. Carscadden and her family.

106 concordian February 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Hey D. Carscadden…..are you the Dave Carscadden that was the coach of Concord AThletic league baseball back in 1991?

Anyways, RIP to Mitch, he happened to never bother me, BUT it was probably after he had been warned off about me, LOL. Ricky Fisher once asked me for money and I said NO, he then called me a b….., I screamed, what did you just say, m…..f……, I have not had a job in three years and I am barely getting by myself, why don’t YOU give ME some money, HUH? I need money too but you don’t see me acting the way you are….He ended up saying he was sorry for calling me that and he wanted to know if I accepted his apology and I said Yes. To this day, NONE of them ask me for money……hehehehe sometimes it pays to be meaner than them……LOL

107 Shirley Wilson February 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Oh no, poor Mitchell. I am so saddened to read this. I have gone back and forth with my feelings ever since the accident. Hoping that Mitchell would survive and be able to turn his life around. At the same time knowing he was battling cancer and had so many problems would it be more merciful if he passed away peacefully. My heart breaks for his mother and family members and the friends who loved him. I am so sorry you have left us Mitchell. If there is a heaven or afterlife please say hello to my son Randy for me. May you be at peace now.

108 caring person February 18, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I’ve just finished reading all the comments pro and con re Mitch. I too have known Mitch for a number of years. I think we should share some good menories of him as well. When he was at John Muir Concord the first time, I visited with him. He seemed to be at peace and accepted what was happening to him. In fact, he laughed with me. Shortly after that, I saw him with a group of guys. He was by MacDonalds (had been in chemo at that )time but at peace. He looked good better than I would going through what he did. One thing he did love was music – some of them had radios. Music helped this group much as for the moment they could forget the bad. The last time I went to see him was at JOhn Muir Walnut Creek but since my name wasn’t on his list, I didn’t get in to see him. I went to visit with his Mom but one of the family gave me the wrong address with no phone number so wasn’t able to see her. I have a special place in my heart for Mitch and yes the others as I believe if they were given a chance they would remember and learn the good in themselves. By the way, I have been there.

109 @Caring Person February 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Hi Please contact me. I am a family member. jkkjko@yahoo.com.

110 SanDee February 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

@Robert Keith,
Don’t waste the energy typing to a troll like Really??.
If everyone who told that troll to F*off lined up to apologize to him, the line would rival The Great Wall of China in length.
I’m sure Mitch’s family appreciates your efforts on his behalf. Thank You

111 The Legacy You Leave Behind February 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

The image commentators are painting of a man that constantly harassed and was best avoided has as much weight as the commentators telling us he was beautiful and loved.

This is the legacy, good and bad, that he left behind. He now owns it. No one else does. Reflect on that, because some day people will remember what kind of human being you are — and the day after your last, those people will remember you for those actions that spoke loudest.

112 Mary Lou February 19, 2013 at 6:54 AM

To Mitch’s family: May Mitch & my son’s father Terance Terrell RIP. I kne Mitch since I was 11. I grew up with Terance since I was 5. terance was my first love & I left him 30yrs. ago due to his chemical intake. I had a beautiful son by Terance & will always thank him for that. Mitch, I always saw him when I went shopping @ Food Maxx. I saw him nearly every week for the past 13yrs. & always bought him something to eat for lunch & dinner. He always knew who I was. He was always very kind to me & never lost touch with him all of these years. My son finaly met Terance 22 months ago for the first time & I got to have Terance back in my life the past 22 months. God bless both of them. Ryan & I will keep the Carscadden family in our prayers as we know how rough this is & @ least Terance & Mitch are both @ peace now. Love & prayers, Mary Lou

113 Can'tsaymyname February 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

So apparantely there is a moderator on this site, who has not posted my last 2 posts. The content of these 2 posts was to call out all the sissy la la’s on here who find it cool to talk crap on the memory of a dead person. I do not know why my comments were not allowed but all these other crap talking ones have been. Is it because I used my real name? What is wrong with this website when the GOOD GUYS are getting flagged for calling out the BAD GUYS????

114 Clayton Rd February 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

That guy used to do push ups by the mc donalds drive thru for change

115 Kay February 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

So sad that this happened to Mitch. I’ve known him since Pine Hollow and we had some great times together all through high school. We went to so many concerts at Winterland, the Cow Palace, and rarely missed a Day on the Green. Those memories will be with me forever. Rest in peace MDC. My deepest heartfelt condolences to his family. One last thing..to those of you who are so judgemental and feel the need to express negative thoughts and feelings about him, his lifestyle, etc. Have some class and keep them to yourself. Leave him alone and let him rest in peace.

116 Derek M February 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Wow all you people need get a life ! Put more effort into taking care of your own families instead of being so nosy about someone elses bad luck.

117 Thank You February 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Thank you for all of the nice things everyone is saying about Mitchell and to the person who left a memorial where he died. Thank you from the Family.

118 Levyyvel February 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I knew Mitch for over 30 years.
Not once did I ever hear him say 1 negative thing about another person.

All you “keyboard badasses” should back TF off

Mitchie, my friend,
I lost contact with you years ago and I always thought you would have made it out. I know that you knew who GOD is and I have no doubt where you are now and that you are at peace..

119 anon21 February 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

some of you people trolling on this post need to get a life (especially the troll called “anon” with his/her little rant on post #54) you all are subject matter experts when it comes to evaluating a troubled person’s life in retrospect right??? high and mighty, scientology losers, who believe that belief in god alone can turn around a person’s entire life, right? BS.
someone like this needed therapy, and even that sometimes is not enough. i cannot comment on what happened, or the choices he made, since i am not a therapist so i cant diagnose his problems. he obviously had a much tougher life than most of you trollers here did. i think people need to show some respect for his family right now. period.

120 Kathy February 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

I’ve known Mitch since 1980. Last saw him in a bar in the early 90′s. I never saw him homeless, read about him on this sight, and was told he had cancer a couple months ago. I was told this morning he was hit by a car. Very, very sad. I will always remember him as a good looking guy, who unfortunately never turned his life around.

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