UPDATE w/ PHOTOS – Motorcycle Crash in Front of the Clayton Police Station

June 27, 2013 18:55 pm · 60 comments

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A motorcyclist suffered major injuries during a two-vehicle crash in front of the Clayton Police Station on Clayton Road at about 6pm today.

UPDATE: Another person, who was the driver of the vehicle pictured above, also suffered injuries, but nothing life-threatening.

No word yet on the cause of the crash.

If you plan to travel into Clayton, use Concord Blvd. instead of Clayton Rd.

Thanks to “Flash” for the pictures!

1 John June 27, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Weird looking crash scene. I hope the biker is o.k.

2 Rebel June 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I am no expert but it looks like the car hit the biker changing lanes. Or the less likely scenario: motorcyclist changed lanes too quickly and cut off the car.

Either way I hope all parties are okay!

3 witness June 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I was a witness of this accident and the driver of the car was driving on the wrong side of Clayton Road going towards ongoing traffic. So obviously this was the cause of the accident.

4 J. June 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

The bike hit the car hard enough to knock the bumper off. You can see the bumper by the bike. Then the car traveled further on and in to the pole. Wow.

5 mel June 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

omg and the poor biker gets hurt.

6 LinzerTorte June 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

The pictures are great, but don’t do it justice. It looked waaaaay worse up close. Don’t know how the MC driver could walk away from that.

7 Blah June 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I saw at least six a^*hole bikers today on the way home. I wonder if he was one of them?

8 Anon June 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

@witness is lying. Look at the last picture. Why aren’t the bushes in the middle run over if the car was going to the wrong way on the right side, when it ended up on the left side? I think the motor cyclist was driving like a d$ck, like so many do, and he lost control in front of the car.

9 Craig Cannon June 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Scene has been removed. Most of it. The Police were not Talking or at least approaching The Media with Information. My Camera did Record on Cop talking about his Golf Outing. I hope the Cyclist Pulls Through. There were Pieces of the Bike, all the way down the Street. Also appears the Cat Met a Pole, after the Bike. Both Front and Rear Windows of the Little Car were Smashed. One Person said there was an arrest at the Hospital. Don’t know if related.

10 Spoons made me Fat June 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Hey Blah – GFY

11 Leland Gaunt June 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Wrong way probably drove through the roundabout & then against one way traffic up the Oak st. exit towards Clayton Rd. I saw that happen once before, a long time ago. Car headed up the exit towards me head on, but I was driving a big truck & honked & flashed my lights to make him stop. The cop who was right behind me took it from there.

12 Gabe June 27, 2013 at 9:38 PM

My thoughts are with him, hope he makes it.

13 Tammy June 27, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I just want to set everybody straight @Anon… I was the person that called 911 that was behind the motorcycle when he got hit. I was almost hit myself. She barley saw my car and turned her wheel to avoid me and hit the light pole. She admitted texting and just left the Clayton bar. She was very intoxicated. I witnessed the whole accident. She went up on the wrong side of the road and hit the motorcyclist head on. I don’t even think she realized thy she hit him. Until she asked me if I was okay. That’s when I pointed down the street and told her to worry about if the motorcyclist is okay. She had no idea what ha happened because she was so intoxicated. I hope that the motorcyclist is okay.

14 bpago June 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

“Blah June 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM
I saw at least six a^*hole bikers today on the way home. I wonder if he was one of them?”

Wow … hello “Blah” , How do you determine someone is an a**hole biker ???
so if this was one that you identified ,,, are you saying someone may deserve this ?

15 Mimi (original) June 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Dear #10 “Craig Cannon”. If u were the real Craig Cannon ur posts would be more professional. Plbbbtt!

16 Mr. J June 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

And motorcyclist is in critical condition at John Muir. Hope he pulls through.

17 TR June 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Anon your an IDIOT!

18 batman June 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM

believe it or not…whatever…the driver of the car left the bar drunk !

19 John June 27, 2013 at 10:43 PM

you’re

20 Me June 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I was behind the motorcycle, the oncoming car came from the other side of the road. The driver then over corrected and hit the bike head on. I swerved and diverted down the offramp towards Skip’s. The driver of the car came and assisted the motorcyclist and I told her to make sure he was breathing as I diverted traffic down the ramp into downtown Clayton. She had to have been injured herself by looking at the condition of the car and she had blood down her arms and in her face from either her own injury or from helping the man.

We were all going speed limit from what I could tell and it could have been something as simple as the sun in the drivers eyes.

People should really not try to hypothesize if someone was negligent, it will come out. I was there, you weren’t. I pray for both of the people in this tragedy and am still shaken by it, the memory and especially the sound, the sound of the car colliding with the bike. Something I will never forget. The look of the poor man with blood coming from his mouth and nose laying in the roadway. The frantic look of the driver wanting to help but obviously in shock trying to comprehend what just happened. An EMT who by the grace of God happened to be in the traffic flow assisted the motorcyclist soon after impact. Another motorist helped with bringing a blanket and items to assist.

People should thank the Lord for the grace that He gives us to live another day. These 2 people and their families lives will be changed forever. It was so quick, there was hardly any reaction time.

Please think before you type, you can make what is definitely a painful experience and condition many times worse if family members or the ones involved read what you have posted without care.

21 Me June 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

@ Tammy,

I didn’t get a chance to thank you for stopping and helping. You had much more contact with the driver than I and I respect your evaluation of the incident.

Thank you,
-Jim

22 Anon June 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

God bless the both of them.

23 LinzerTorte June 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Why are @Tammy and @Me’s stories so different if they were each witnesses. Someone is lying.

24 anon June 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Looking at the windshield of the car I would say the biker hit it pretty hard.

25 bz June 27, 2013 at 11:48 PM

LinzerTorte they both can be behind the biker because its 2 lanes going the same way or they could have been behind one another which would still be behind the bike. But having seen the aftermath myself I say they are right the driver of the car had to have drove into on coming traffic and then swerved back to hit the light pole. There would have been more damage to the bike if it had been the other way. Stop being so distrusting.

26 Me June 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM

we were obviously in different lanes….

27 Rebecca June 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Just because the stories don’t match up exactly does not mean anyone is lying. If 10 people witness the same accident, all of their stories will vary in one way or another. It has been proven over and over again. They have done many experiments on that. Also, ask any cop and they will confirm it.

28 crazytech58 June 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM

As a “biker” myself, this is my worst fear and nightmare….. you watch for the “obvious” stuff, cars pulling out, lane changes, but someone turning and coming the wrong way…… my prayers go out to the biker, it doesn’t look good. You can see the bike center punched the car, as the pole is on the left side, and large V dent in middle of car, also the roof is caved in, windshield smashed inward….. the poor biker took a hard hit. Texting AND drinking….. this girl really messed up big time !!

29 batman June 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

don’t know if comment from “Me” was directed to me or not…but you don’t know if I was there or not…I wasn’t at the crash…but I was at the bar…hearing her say she didn’t need a ride…that someone was picking her up…blah, blah, blah…so you think before you type…maybe if the biker was your brother, dad, cousin, uncle, grandpa, etc……………you wouldn’t be so “okay” with this……………………………………………………………………………….

30 @all the mean people of claycord! June 28, 2013 at 12:11 AM

A simple ” Oh gosh hope everyone is ok” would be just to nice for the hateful people that comment here.

Know it all bullies……… sad really sad.

Prayer going up for all involved!!

31 batman June 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM

poor drunk driver with a “frantic” look on her face…WOW

32 batman June 28, 2013 at 12:17 AM

“you’re” ???

33 Look at the last photo June 28, 2013 at 12:17 AM

The last photo above shows what happened. See the big wet spot at the top, in the roadway? A firetruck is across from the wet pavement…it was “washed down”. You can see tire marks from the point of impact (wet spot) going back to the point of rest (when everything stopped moving). The POR of the motorcycle and the vehicle into the pole…and the crush damage to the car..it’s pretty clear (opinion mind you) that the vehicle was in the wrong lane, collided head on with the motorcycle, carrying it (pushing) it back to where it is now showing in the photo, The vehicle veered right, over the curb and into the pole. This does not look good. The impact damage to the vehicle, windshield and roof indicate the motorcycle and rider were hit extremely hard. Not good.

34 crazytech58 June 28, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Wow, looking closer, this was a really hard hit !! The large puddle in the road….. that’s the point of impact….. roads are dry, no sprinklers, 90 degree day….. that’s where bike ruptured the cars radiator on impact….. look how far backwards the bike ended up, car traveled further to the pole. There is debris on far left near city hall, on road near curb, and more on far right next to blue car stopped in right turn lane going into downtown !! Poor guy

35 batman June 28, 2013 at 12:45 AM

to “@all the mean people of Claycord”…you’re right…it’s just a little frustrating to read how some of these people feel

36 @all the mean people of claycord! June 28, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I hear ya batman

37 nytemuvr June 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM

@Blah #7
@bpago #14
Ditto……

38 Lol June 28, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Hey dummies, the large puddle is from the fire dept washing the massive blood loss off the pavement. Fact.

39 LinzerTorte June 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Just read both posts…the details are different re: how the driver of the car responding to the crash. I’m not necessarily “distrusting” but 10 years in a trauma center will hone your ability to find differences in accounts. Not saying they both couldn’t have been in the same lane.

40 Traci June 28, 2013 at 3:18 AM

Traci Neal I was right up the street from the accident early this evening in Clayton. My girlfriend & I heard the skidding of the tires & than the collision. It happened in so fast. My heart goes out to the man on the motorcycle. My friend Irene & I are preying he pulls through this. He’s so Innocent. S. Lake Tahoe has something called Good Samaritans. It’s a bunch of volunteers on call 24-7. What they do is, if someone is too drunk to drive, Good Samaritans is called, 2 of them go to where the intoxicated person is, 1 of them drives the intoxicated person to their destination in their own car. The 2nd Good Samaritan follows to bring the 1st Good Samaritan back. I know its prevented several accidents. It would great if we had some Good Samaritans here in the Bay Area wouldn’t it?

41 Traci June 28, 2013 at 4:31 AM

Hey Spoons Made me FAT! i agree with your comment to BLAH! Which was GO F… YOURSELF! I’m embarrassed for that guy. Who thinks like that? BLAHS name fits his comment. Claycord should seriously think about screening these comments & decide which ones should be posted or not. It’s disturbing to read a comment like BLAUS after reading about an incident as sad as this one. I believe it would really improve the Claycord Website if they screened comments before allowing them to be posted.

42 Mac June 28, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Mel & Blah…. U 2 are a joke

43 Dave June 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

CLAYTON — A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and a woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a major crash that shut down a section of Clayton Road on Thursday.

According to police, the female driver of a gold-colored Toyota Corolla crossed over the center divide and hit the motorcyclist head on. Details are still emerging on the collision, but police did confirm the woman was taken into custody and that they believe she was driving under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs.
From the CCTimes

44 GG1k June 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

So this is awful. A couple of people have had some really terrible comments to make… it’s disheartening, and disturbing…
I’ve been driving and riding since the mid-80’s. I’ve seen some incredibly douchetastic behavior on the part of car drives… almost daily, in fact. Too fast… tailgating… texting… running red lights… the list goes on and on, and I’m sure we’ve all had to slam on our brakes because someone decided to sprint through that intersection even though the light had already changed…
I’ve seen a lot less idiotic behavior from riders over the years. Does it happen? Sure… put a 20-something guy suffering from testosterone poisoning on a 165hp literbike, and he’s going to do stupid things… and will usually end up winning stupid prizes.
But regardless of whether or not you think people on two wheels are jerks, the truth of the matter is that they have family and friends that love them. They have Moms, Dads, siblings… is it so hard to have a little empathy and compassion for a human being?
The rider in this crash did NOTHING WRONG… he’s managed to survive the night, and faces surgery today. The drunken idiot who was texting at the time of the crash (yes, confirmed by someone who knows her well) has a history of bad decisions like drinking and driving.
So all of you who have been blaming the rider…. you should be ashamed of yourselves. Apparently your parents fell a little short when they raised you.
It would be nice to see some positive comments wishing for a speedy recovery for the young man so terribly injured through NO FAULT OF HIS OWN.

45 Lori June 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

GG1k best post regarding this story so far !!!! Sounds like you may be a friend of his or maybe just a friend of a friend, whatever it doesn’t matter. I really hope that he pulls through this, he and his family and friends will be in my thoughts.

46 Old Guy Rider June 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Bikers are your friends people. We take up less space, pollute less, and are one less car in that massive traffic jam when you are trying to get somewhere. I would like to know what ‘douchey’ motorcycle behavior is? Going faster than you are? Splitting lanes? My experience from riding is that I am a much safer driver and rider because of it. You don’t realize how dangerous driving is when you feel like you are sitting in your living room, but get on a bike, see the pavement flying beneath you, feel the wind pressure on you, you know driving anything, bike or car, is a dangerous endeavor, and you drive safer because of it. Last point, I see lots more douchey behavior from people driving cars. I’ve had some intentionally try to hit me while on my bike. Ridiculous. No matter what a biker is doing that you don’t approve of, you are not the judge, jury and executioner. I hope this guy is okay, and I hope the douchebag driver gets the book thrown at her.

47 @ Connie #44 June 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

You tell ‘em, girl!

48 Concernicus June 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

how hard is it to just call a freakin taxi, really? you have the money to drink yourself silly, spare a little more to keep from killing someone on your way home that night.

49 nicki June 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I was one of the many unfortunate people who saw this poor man laying in the street who I thought by the looks of the pieces of his bike scattered across the street that he was dead! I saw police giving help. I could not believe the damage to the other car, and I saw the lady in shock & bloodied. I was so relieved to hear today that he was still alive, I couldn’t believe it. Many prayers to the poor man on that bike!!!! I hope I never have to see an accident like this ever again!!!

50 GG1k June 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM

@ Lori: Thank you for your kind words, and no, I don’t know either the rider or the train wreck who was “driving”, but am acquainted with someone who knows her.
@ Connie #44: Shhhh! lol…

For those of you who don’t ride (particularly those who were apparently sipping from the h8erade), take a moment and put yourselves in a rider’s boots. Think about how vulnerable we are. The next time you’re zooming down the freeway as a passenger, look out side window down at the ground… think about what it would feel like to suddenly be hurled to that ground. One minute, you’re riding along, thinking how hot it is, and you can’t wait to get home and drink some water, and trying to figure out what to have for dinner- and suddenly, in the blink of an eye, there’s a car RIGHT THERE and you don’t even have time to react (60mph = 84 feet per second = no time to do anything)… and then there’s horrible pain, loud noise, flight… and if you’re lucky, loss of consciousness… because you don’t want to be awake for the pain that comes from crushed and broken bones with internal injuries.
Some of you may not like us… but no one deserves that. Keep an eye out for us, won’t you? :)
And to anyone who drinks and drives- stop. Take a cab, call a friend… because it’s not worth the risk. The driver of that car? Her life (train wreck that it was) as she knew it is OVER. If the young rider dies, odds are good she’ll see jail time (I hope), and that will follow her for the rest of her life. Who wants to live with that?

51 Niki June 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM

The “Man on the Bike” was more than that! He was my Friend & Co-worker. He works in the Medical field because he cares about people. He just left work and was headed home – He never made it home. So some of the comments are upsetting to read – so people really should not make ignorant assumptions and then actually share them with the public. One Fact is that the lives of both parties involved have changed for ever. Yes I am angry that the one that is paying the price is the person that just left work after taking care of his last patient. The one that walked away is the person that spent her afternoon drinking @ a bar & then choosing to get into her car & risk not only her life but also the innocent people out on the roads (during commute hours). So young & to learn a lesson like this is also sad. My friend is still in critical condition & all we can do is PRAY!!! So I want to Thank ALL of You that Were there for My Friend & the Help you Provided. Every Minute counts in this situation… He is a Caring, Giving, Outgoing, Intelligent, Friendly Person that Lived Every Minute of His Life to The Fullest – Please Everyone Pray for Him…..

52 Adam June 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

This is such an unfortunate turn of events for both of them and their families. I know Jes, she is a friend. She is the sweetist girl you can ever meet. She has an amazing heart and she is so caring towards other people. I am not trying to justify her decision to get behind the wheel and drive after she been at the bar drinking. I am simply letting you people know a little bit about her. I guarantee her heart is broken from this horrific accident and I know she is praying for that man. Jes is an amazing person who made a terrible decision. Im praying for that man and jes as should everyone else.

53 GG1k June 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

At Niki- I’m so sorry for what your friend is going through… he sounds like a wonderful man, and I am keeping him in my prayers. We have a large motorcycle contingent here in the Bay Area, and there are quite a few of us who would like to help him and his family, if it’s needed (including the guy who sold your friend the bike 2 years ago). We’re hoping your friend is able to fully recover from this absolutely horrible and entirely preventable attempted manslaughter.
At Adam- you need to up your standards when it comes to friends. NO, your moronic idiotic “friend” is NOT the “sweetest girl you can ever meet”. She’s a stupid, pathetic excuse for a human being breathing air better left for the rest of us. She got drunk- on purpose. Because you know what? No one was holding a gun to her head- she kept pouring booze down her gullet like any professional bar fly would (seriously- who the hell is drunk that early in the day??). And then, DRUNK, the stupid moron GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL OF HER CAR. And if that wasn’t bad enough, your supposedly heart-broken, amazing friend proceeded to TEXT while DRIVING DRUNK.
You’re friend is amazingly STUPID. I hope like hell she gets prison time… oh sure, it won’t be nearly enough, compared to the life sentence she’s given the rider, but she’s a POS who can- and SHOULD- spend the rest of her life paying for this. Every single dime she makes can go to him and his family. I hope she wins the lottery- so the rider’s family can take every last penny of it from her.
Those tears she was crying, my friend? Those were NOT for him… they were for herself.
We read her facebook page- before she took it down… we know she listed her favorite things as drinking and getting drunk.
Jes is a criminally negligent alcoholic who destroyed someone’s life because she’s too stupid and irresponsible to have a friend drive her worthless drunk ass home. She gets no pity and no mercy from me- she deserves NONE… from anyone.
Standards in friends- get some.

54 Hank2012 June 30, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Texting. While Drunk. And driving.

Life in prison without parole would be generous.

55 A July 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Yeesh. Drove by right after this happened during a permit lesson with an instructor.. scary.

56 Anon July 2, 2013 at 5:29 AM

“I saw at least six a^*hole bikers today on the way home. I wonder if he was one of them?”

Hmmm, that’s an intelligent comment. I saw at least a dozen idiots driving cars that day. I wonder if you were one of them…

57 Blah Hunter July 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I can’t wait to run into blah. I’ll give he/she an actual reason to hate bikers.

58 GG1k July 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

^^^^^ Oh that’s just great. Good job. Why not try to be an actual AMBASSADOR for our sport, instead? Your mindset just creates more car drivers who think like him. Please grow up a little bit, and stop escalating. Like it’s not dangerous enough out there… you really want to make someone even MORE angry? And thanks for showing everyone who’s reading that there really are some riders out there who are exactly what Blah thinks they are. *facepalm*

59 Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern July 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

what did connie say? i missed it. she always has something worthwhile to read.

60 Fundaiser for Motorcyclist July 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

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