UPDATE: Alleged Drunk Driver Jessica Mercurio is Still in Jail – Her Victim Remains in Critical Condition

June 28, 2013 14:50 pm · 136 comments

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Jessica Mercurio, the 21-year-old Concord resident who was arrested on Thursday for allegedly drinking & driving and causing a crash that left a motorcycle rider in his 50′s in critical condition, is still locked up today, almost 24-hours after the near fatal collision in Downtown Clayton, according to the Contra Costa County Jail.

Claycord.com has learned she is in jail on two separate charges; DUI and DUI causing great bodily injury. Her bail has been set at $100,000.

The motorcycle rider, who hasn’t been identified, is still in critical condition at John Muir in Walnut Creek.

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photo credit: “Flash”

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1 funny guy June 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

throw the book, the bench and the whole court house at her, WHO the hell is dui in the middle of the day. she can get help in the joint, mandatory AA meetings, plus a girlfriend nick named Butch Betty.

2 Get Off My Lawn June 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM
3 anon June 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

she seems like a good kid who made a bad mistake, sucks. people learn from this, please.

4 StoneyGRL June 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

so many of you posters/commenters were attacking and blaming the motorcycle rider the other day. I hope you all stop and think about that !!!
to parents out there … talk to your kids about drinking and driving ALLOT!!! drill it home!! to your A’holes who were calling all bikers Aholes yesterday … reminder your kids to watch for bikes, and bikers may change lanes fast but that is because the can – doesn’t make them reckless. SHARE THE ROAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

further more … what kind of Ahole is drunk at 6 o’clock in the evening. stupid, stupid girl … ruins one mans life, for what ???? senseless!!!

5 Incognito June 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Good. Give her some time to reflect on her actions, the result of her actions, and what could be the consequences of all of this.

6 Blah June 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Sucks when you see someone on here that you know……….

7 Thanks @Get off my lawn June 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Interesting!

@funny guy: I AGREE!

8 NoMoreFreeRide June 28, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Life forever changed at 21 there is a lesson there for everyone. I had too many high school friends die because of drinking or drunk drivers. I hope the motorcycle rider recovers from his injuries.

9 Mimi (non origional) June 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

This is SO frustrating because these situations are 100 % avoidable! DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!! I hope that the victim recovers and can live a somewhat normal life. Life as he knows it will never be that same, nor for the ding bat that caused this. I hope people that read Claycord learn from her stupidity and will not drink and drive…… EVER!

10 Sympathy is cheap June 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I agree with #3, Seems like a good kid that made a mistake. She is so screwed its sad. But there are some other good points… What the hell is up with being DUI @ 6pm?

11 Cowellian June 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Wearing blue socks with brown slacks is a mistake. Driving while drunk and texting while driving are both intentional crimes.

12 Babs June 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

so sick and tired of people taking no responsibility when getting behind the wheel of what is basically a WEAPON!! Grieving families, spouses, parents, children killed because of some bozo — sorry, I have no sympathy for this drunk – NONE.

13 Mike June 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Get help, kid. I hope this horrible event changes your life and you seriously turn things around, Jessica.

14 Hoboike June 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Did she suffer the facial abrasions in the accident?

15 JW June 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I was reading her FB profile. She seems like a good kid. However, she still needs to take responsibility.

16 Incognito June 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I’m tired of people who continue to think drunk drivers are merely making a mistake.

17 John June 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Jessica meet Downward Spiral. Downward Spiral, Jessica. You’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted.

18 Wow! June 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

You guys are brutal! Don’t worry, she’ll get her punishment. However, It’s not up to any of you to judge. Concern yourselves with positive thoughts for the injured man. She’ll live with this for the rest of her life.

19 Lalalala June 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

This is so unfortunate.

20 Susannie June 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

My heart and prayers go out to the motorcycle rider. Holding him in my thoughts for a miraculous full recovery. Please take a moment to hold him in your thoughts and well wishes. This could have been your son, father, brother or husband…on his way home after work to be with his family.

Many comments about who drinks at those hours in the day. I have witnessed, called 911 and followed erratic drivers until the police arrived to take them off of the streets. Sunday at 10AM a gentleman hit the divider at the split heading to downtown clayton and continued to pinball himself all the way into town…Drunk on a Sunday at 10AM and he admitted to drinking. Ygancio Valley at the lunch hour a man drove from Cowell all the way into Shadelands and missed going over the embankment at its highest point. Also missed hitting an elderly pedestrian by running through a red light as she stepped into the cross walk. He was arrested for driving under the influence of narcotics. A local restaurant owner at the time the elementary school lets out drove drunk down clayton rd at 3PM all the way to the front of his home, where he then passed out at the wheel with the car running and doors lock. I have been in the presence of a sober woman and one beer later, she was wasted – a cop gave her a sobriety test and she failed. Her muscle relaxers and one beer were enough to deem her drunk. People do drive drunk, under the influence of pain killers and or drugs at all hours of the day. The best way to help save lives (theirs and those in their path) is to call 911 and report them…if you have the time to follow them until police intercept, even better. Best that one person get off the street than other lose their lives due to the poor choice of another. If you know you are going out and will drink, take a cab to and from your watering hole…the cost of that cab ride will save millions in lives…..

21 skateboarder June 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Reminds me of the accident on Monument Blvd. with the skateboarder.

22 Howard K Mullins III June 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

What’s wrong with brown slacks and blue socks? That’s a matter of taste.

Drinking, texting, talking on the phone, just not paying attention, are all choices people make and those choices can kill other people.

This young woman made a poor choice which may even end another’s life. Whatever her consequences may be, her victim and his family will suffer for ever.

There is nothing she can to do undo that harm she has forced on her victim by making that choice.

23 race_gas June 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

@hoboike

WTF? Who cares if she got hurt, she is not the victim, the motorcyclist is. I was standing very near her for at least 15 minutes after the accident and she had a few small cuts on one of her arms/hands. Her pretty little drunk a$$ face was fine. That blood on her face was from :facepalm: and the shame that she felt for severly hurting a man as a result her stupidity.

24 Rob June 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Assuming the alleged drunk driving turns out to be true – let her spend a lot of time in jail.

25 This is awful June 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

This is sad! Praying for the motorcyclist!

Stupid for driving drunk, stupid of her friends/family to let her drive drunk. No sympathy for the girl whatsoever. She dug her grave, she can lay in it! Shame on you

26 Lost and Happy June 28, 2013 at 3:57 PM

@14. Maybe you should ask the rider this very question

27 Mama Dog June 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Well put and lmao @ Cowellian.

28 Bikes Suck June 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

I have to tell you driving on the freeway with these bikes thinking they own the place sucks. They fly by you when it is bumper to bumper traffic. Expecting you to move for them. I’m sick of these bikes. But I’m not condoning the drinking and driving.

29 *sigh* June 28, 2013 at 4:06 PM

same as Blah…it hits close to home when you see someone you know on here. i know Jessica pretty well. this is a tragedy. my prayers are with the motorist and his family.

30 femshep June 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

@Hoboike
@race_gas

No need to get upset at someone asking a question lol. From the picture, her hand looks pretty bloody though, so I’d say it was more than a few small cuts. But I do think race_gas is right about her face not being cut, just looks like stains from her wiping her hands on it (hopefully she was facepalming).

31 @JW June 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

>> I was reading her FB profile. She seems like a good kid.

Yeah? But it doesn’t look so good when you list Whiskey and Beer Pong among your “Likes” and then almost kill someone while DUI.

32 Info June 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Making no judgement about this young woman.

Posted Only for information to people that read this.
If you think you might have a problem,
People can suggest but ONLY the individual can decide.
http://www.contracostaaa.org/index.html

If some one you care about has a drinking problem,
http://www.ncwsa.org/d14/

33 anon June 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I also know Jessica and she is a sweet girl. I’m sure she is very upset about what happened and is feeling the guilt of all this. It’s sad on all sides. Hope motorcycle rider makes full recovery.

34 Walnut Creek Resident June 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

The drunk while driving laws should be stepped up! This would not happen so much if we were serious about punishing these terrible people that do this. I have no sympathy at all for drunk drivers. They are selfish and very irresponsible. That lady should never be allowed to drive again.

35 Lost and Happy June 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

@28. Look up lane splitting and CHP’s guide upon doing it. It is NOT illegal. For every D bag rider, you have plenty of more terrible drivers.

Hope the rider not only lives, but returns to funtional movement after such a preventable occurence

36 Howard K Mullins III June 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Georgia DUI Suspects Subjected To Forcible Blood Draws
In some counties in Georgia, drivers suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence might be forced into submission for a blood draw as evidence — and it’s completely legal.

Every driver how refuses a Breathalyzer is strapped down to a table and blood is taken.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/28/disturbing-video-shows-cops-forcibly-drawing-blood-of-dui-suspects-and-its-legal/

37 Anomymous June 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Let’s think about day time DUI checkpoints.

38 Smokey June 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Sad situation from every angle. I’m in no way defending the young woman, but I have to wonder how many of those who are criticizing her never, ever drove drunk. Not even once.

39 Joan Van Snark June 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

When are people going to wake up and realize that “sweet” people don’t make choices that can take the life of an innocent person? This isn’t a mistake, it’s a choice that this person made knowing she could kill somebody.
Somebody above said it’s not our place to judge, when it could have very easily been any one of us that she injured or killed, you’re damn right it’s our place to judge.
Try all you want to paint this person as a sweetheart who made a mistake, I’m not buying it. She made a choice not a mistake.

40 Random chick June 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Yes I know you shouldn’t drink and drive I feel bad for both people, hope the motorcyclists is ok, but it’s also really sad that she was out drinking that early on a Thursday night, I really think she needs some help, it seems like she was going through something

41 Concernicus June 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

stupid chick. deserves what’s coming to her…EVERYBODY KNOWS NOT TO DRIVE DRUNK. EVERYBODY. there is NO excuse. #38, you can count me as one who has never, ever driven drunk. its REALLY not horribly difficult.
im more interested to know that you apparently think that most adults are too dumb to avoid making perfectly avoidable bad decisions.
(it may not be terribly polite to call your friend at 2am to have them pick you up so you can sleep it off at their place, but good god its worth it to wake up knowing you didnt kill anybody on the way home, and if theyre a real friend, theyll agree.)

hope the biker pulls through. for his own sake, not hers.

42 Compassion June 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

*ducks*

43 Well... June 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

There is only one way to stop drunk driving- breathalyzers in every car.

44 Pyrrhus June 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

If this person was a male, everyone would be wanting to throw the book at him. If he was Hispanic, you would all want him lynched and deported.

This lady screwed up and will now have to face the consequences. I feel some compassion that she is so young and this will haunt her for the rest of her life. However, she made her choice and nobody forced her to drink or to drive. Hope the motorcyclist makes it through and things work out for everyone.

45 Ryan June 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Good to see the Claycord Lynch Mob out in full force.

Apparently, I’m the only Claycordian who’s ever gotten behind the wheel when he shouldn’t have. Yep, I said it…I HAVE DRIVEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE. More than once.

I always felt as if I was “fine to drive”, felt I knew my limits. Then one night in Benicia, just as I was about to get on 780, those ominous looking lights lit up in my rearview mirror. I was fortunate enough to have never hurt or killed anyone. I got a second chance, and vowed I would NEVER get behind the wheel after even one sip again. I have kept that promise to myself, and I intervene anytime someone else tries to drive drunk.

I was given a second chance, and learned a lesson. Unfortunately, many others don’t get that chance. But let’s not cast stones.

46 mamad June 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

This idiot girl also has on her FB page comments about smoking a “blunt” and another saying “she needs to smoke” what a dumba&*

47 JM June 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

The DMV should stop putting out that chart that says how many drinks you can have. I know it’s not worded like that, but that is what people think.
I know most people will never make this decision. But there is constant encouragement that going out for a drink and then driving home is acceptable. The DMV chart makes it seem like drinking a SMALL amount is OK, but the best advise would be to not put yourself into a situation where you are aiming to be just below that legal BAC% when you are done.

And, OK, she made a huuuge error here. But her family didn’t, and they are probably completely embarrassed and worried. The law will handle her punishment. I hope my kids never do anything like this, but if they do, I hope the world will give them a chance to redeem themselves if they deserve it.

I hope to God that they BOTH recover.

48 Learn June 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Please, Educate yourselves, …… folks believe what they are writing is true, and that’s not always the case.
Some of the first effects are Impaired judgment, Impaired fine muscle coordination, Increased self-confidence just to name a few.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-term_effects_of_alcohol#Effects_by_dosage

49 At Joan June 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Must feel good to be perfect!

I don’t think anyone is justifying what this girl did, but it’s not your place to sit and judge. Yes, she drank too much and drove. Yes, she hit an innocent man who was doing nothing more than driving home to his family. She showed absolutely no sense in doing these things. She will be punished and I’m sure will punish herself for the rest of her life.

I don’t know anyone who is perfect, who hasn’t made bad choices, especially during younger years. Personally, I made some really stupid choices as a young adult, but as I’ve matured, I’ve thankfully adopted a much “healthier” attitude about being responsible.

It’s usually those who are the worst offenders who point their fingers.

50 @36 June 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

It’s legal in California too… Has been for years.

51 Shuley June 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Sad situation indeed. I hope the motorcyclist can recover. Sad for the girl too. She screwed up and will pay the price for her actions. But, I am sure the Claycordians are sharpening their pitchforks. Save the vitriol and hatred – I’m sure the family of the victim has plenty to convey.

52 Atticus Thraxx June 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Mayor, you get to hearing the victim needs help with bills and what not, let us know. You know how well Claycord responds.
The girl….she can rot in jail for all I care. Or maybe she get’s out and the victim’s wife or girlfriend can beat the s**t outta her. Either way.

53 Know the victim June 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

For those of you who say “she is such a sweet girl”…..please. She will get out of jail, be on probation or something, and go on to live a normal life. She MAY think about him every once in a while, but eventually that will stop. She will get married, be happy, etc., and forget.

He had his spleen removed, one kidney removed, part of his liver removed, his pelvis was broken so badly that it is flat open, along with countless other injuries. He is still in a coma, and they don’t even know how damaged his brain is yet. He is an incredible athlete, in perfect physical condition. He eats well and takes care of himself. This is not a person who will do well if he has permanent pain or if he can never walk again. He doesn’t sit around and read books in his spare time, he exercises. This will change his life forever.

So don’t tell me this girl will have to live with this every day. She will move on. HE is the one who will have to live with the pain and limitations every day for the rest of his life, if he lives at all. And he didn’t do ANYTHING wrong except be on the same road with this idiot.

54 Great Idea June 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I love the breathelyzer idea idea or some form of it. Not necessarily the one where you have to breathe into it every few minutes, but the one where you at least have to breathe into it to start your car.

55 Cowellian June 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

@Compassion,
She got herself stoned before she got behind the wheel.

56 Know the victim June 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

@ Atticus Thraxx, thanks for asking. Yes, he will need help. He had a good job, but if he recovers, he will be out of work for about a year…if he can return to work at all (he stands to do his job). He has an insurance deductible and will run out of disability long before he can return to work. Right now, his family and co-workers are just trying to keep him alive, but medical and living costs will be a big problem down the road. His office is already talking about organizing a fundraiser.

57 At #53 June 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with your friend. I hope he makes a full recovery from this. I’m sure his healthy lifestyle will play a major role in his healing. Keep good, positive thoughts. They go a long way….

58 Want to Help June 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

@Know the victim. Please keep us informed. Let us know how we can help. I would bet there are a lot of people here that are willing and able. If there is a fundraiser, please share….

59 TinFoiler June 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

It’s always a Joy to come to Claycord and be enlightened by all of The Christs. Yet, none of you Christs have the Gonads to even utter a certain word, I mean you would think you were Blaspheming the Holy Spirit to mention this word:
PROHIBITION.
That’s Right, the whole drinking thing was a nice Experiment and it FAILED, You Drivers Failed. End of Story.
You Cannot Dumb Down a Society (just look at school tests 50 years ago compared to today) and think people are going to be smart enough AFTER THEY JUST HAD A FEW DRINKS to make the right decision! H3LL, You can’t even get them to make right choices while sober, and yet, You all expect a DIFFERENT OUTCOME. WAKE UP and Face Reality!
You Morons are out there trying to ban guns, pitbulls and some other paper tiger BS while this issue is in YOUR FACE and you’ve DONE NOTHING about it.
PS: Mayor, Please Put a Drunk Driver Incident Link to all of your drunk driving related Stories next to the CHP Traffic and Local Weather Links. We need to start Keeping Inventory.
Once again, a few MORONS ruined it for EVERYONE.

60 Atticus Thraxx June 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

He needs blood just post where to go. I’m A Neg and clean.

61 Miss Diagnosis June 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Good to know that every 15 minutes program is working!

62 Know the victim June 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Thank you for the kind thoughts and offers. I will let the Mayor know when I hear something.

63 Joan Van Snark June 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM

@ comment 49, never did I say I was perfect. Very far from it, but I can say with total and complete honesty that I’ve never knowingly made a choice that everybody knows can hurt and kill innocent people.
And I can also honestly say that I have never driven drunk, buzzed, kinda buzzed, stoned, under the influence of prescribed medication etc. because unlike this drunk, texting driver, I don’t think my life has more value than others. And this girl obviously thinks hers is.

64 Joan Van Snark June 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

And yeah, since my daughter travels that road daily with my grand son and they could have easily been the victim of this person, I’ll judge all I want to.

65 firefighters daughter June 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Thank you #56 Knows the Victim…Please keep us all informed of your friend’s condition. We would all like to help in any way possible. As for the girl, check out her FB page, total LOSER.

66 Angelica June 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

She needs to sit and think about what she’s done…..IN JAIL! Don’t drink and drive, or don’t drink period! If you chose to ride a motorcycle…..THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES! Bikes will never be safe……..NO PROTECTION! The sad thing is, people who ride bikes DON’T CARE…..until they GET HURT! Hmmm……….

67 Joan Van Snark June 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I’m ab negative which I hear is rare. I’d be happy to donate as well.

68 Lori June 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

@know the victim. After reading all these updates and feeling so horribly sad for your friend and his family your post brought tears to my eyes. One selfish CHOICE has changed so many lives. I am not rich but I would be willing to help with a donation. I will be checking back for info on how to donate. I wish your friend and speedy and complete recovery. Thank you for posting.

69 Iskitty June 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

take that b***h straight to hell and leave her there!

70 What a Shame June 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

she missed Happy Hour..!

71 Puma June 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

@ Know the victim…. Well said!

72 leo June 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

John Mercurio’s daughter by chance?

73 Know the victim June 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

The manager of the surgery center where the victim works has contacted the surgery center’s lawyer to set up a fund for donations. Information on this fund and how to donate will available within the next few days. I will let The Mayor know when this is in place. Thank you so much for being such a supportive community! We can’t undo the accident, but we can help.

74 Tina Hadaway June 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

@KnowtheVictim and the rest of ClayCord supporters. As we speak, the victims families (his real and work families) are organizing a fund for donations. It will be organized in a legal fashion to ensure all proceeds are directed to the victims care and expenses. His work family and his real family send their gratitude. He is a kind, funny, genuinely real man that did not deserve this. We will keep all supporters informed. Thank you.

75 smc626 June 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

@JW #31

I thought the same thing when I saw Jessica’s FB page, that she listed Beer Pong and whiskey as “LIKES.” Then I thought, a person has the right to “LIKE” any type of alcohol, any type of adult drinking game that they want. Difference is, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!!! The club she was drinking in bears some responsibility. Cute young blonde girl draws customers, maybe some guys are buying her drinks. Maybe she intended to just stop in for one drink in the afternoon. Bartender knows how many drinks she had – they’re the one who served her. Someone mentioned asking if she needed a ride – yeah, she needed a ride, because she was DRUNK!

76 Good heart June 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM

To family and parents of young adults out there, if there posting so much and bragging so much about drinking and partying on facebook or any other web based site, maybe it’s time to get involved before another tragedy occurs! On the other hand, not just young adults, anyone who brags and exhibits signs there life is out of control!
Healing thoughts and prayers to the victim and family!

77 Theyellowranger June 28, 2013 at 9:12 PM

@knowthevictim or the Mayor:

Please let me know as soon as the donation fund is set up. I’m very active in the local motorcycling community, and also know the editors of the local motorcycle publications who can get the word out. We take care of our own and are standing by to help!

78 @Leo June 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

No

79 Tina Hadaway June 28, 2013 at 9:24 PM

@Theyellowranger and knowthe victim. The plan is to organize the fund over the weekend and hopefully post on Monday. I will also reach out to the Mayor and make sure the fund is widely publicized throughout the the Claycord and will ask for your help reaching out to the local motorcycle community. Thank you, again and we’ll be in touch.

80 CONCORD June 28, 2013 at 9:32 PM

throw the book at her; she was driving on the wrong side of the road and should be in jail for BEING MAJORLY STUPID. dum arse tweak.

81 Mama Dog June 28, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I have friends in a Martinez bike club. They do a lot of fund raising and charity work. I’ll contact them and see if they can help.

82 Tina Hadaway June 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

@mamadog
That’s a great idea!!

@everyone
I know there are a lot of negative, angry feelings out there surrounding the alleged cause of the event. On behalf of all the people that care so deeply for the victim….let’s turn the negative energy and attention towards focusing on his recovery and financial assistance. Along that journey we can ban together to educate our community to ensure this does not happen again. Thank you.

83 @RYAN June 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

.. Thank you for your honesty. You are not alone… The guy and his Mother next to you have gotten DUI’s and millions have driven tipsy and made it home.
I would certainly not want anyone from Claycord on a jury.
They are here because they have anger issues and love to vent and feel superior.

84 j June 28, 2013 at 11:05 PM

How many people a year get in auto accidents like this cause there diabetic……and nit once has it been announced if she was deunk.or over a limit….all u r us a bunch of,fat christians persecuting

85 Eddy June 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

The whole situation is incredibly bad, as much as we all feel for the cyclist and his family, who the hell are any of you keyboard warriors to pass judgment? Like NONE of you have ever drove drunk, or had an affair, or did anything that would look bad if it was thrown in your face? I’m not advocating what she did but, the rest of you on the “high horse never did any wrong” trip should take yourself down a notch. What’s been done has been done, it’s not up to you, yeah she messed up, but when you little Internet sewing circles get together you just act like you’ve never heard of such a thing. What if it was your daughter that hit the motorcycle? You wouldn’t say anything Not a damn thing.. Again, I know she made a big mistake but maybe you should look at yourself before talking all this garbage because in all your life you might not have been caught for anything, but I guarantee you’ve all done something that would have Put you in a bad place or put you in a position where everyone else called you a bad human being. Nobody wins here, but talking all this Internet trash talk like kids doesn’t take the pain off the driver, the cyclist, or anyone who is involved with either of their lives.. You’re just feeding the fire, I’m not in the drivers corner at all, but you don’t know what really happened, you weren’t there, you didn’t do anything but read an article and pat yourself on the back for going to her facebook and saying that she’s an idiot because she likes beer pong and all that? News flash, alot of your kids do the same stuff, if not more behind your back everyday, maybe one day they will end up on claycord and then maybe you’ll put that self righteous attitude to bed. Love for the cyclist and his family, hoping for a full recovery. To the girl, hope this opens your eyes, and everyone else who will attack this post (help yourselves) grow up.

86 shenanigans June 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Darn, her FB page has been removed…I missed it. But while on the subject of FB I wish Claycord comments had a “like” button, so many of you make strong points.

87 @knows the victim June 29, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Thank you for the update. It sounds like he has a long road ahead. I hope he continues to improve and make a full recovery.

Let’s hope she at least had insurance.

I will keep a watchful eye on Claycord for updates and ways to donate.

88 Warren Wilson June 29, 2013 at 2:54 AM

#85 Eddy…wise words! I hope people take them to heart!

I drove by the accident just minutes after it happened and consequently have followed the story on this Claycord site and read all the comments up until now. I have to say…the whole accident and the circumstances surrounding it are a testament to the fact that we live in a very messed up world. Life is not fair for the most part. However, what is really disturbing to me is reading the comments. I very seldom respond on these comment sites but this time I just cannot help but say 95% of you all are a bunch of judgmental fools! Eddy is correct…every one of you could have found yourselves in this girls place at some point in your life. That’s a fact Jack! A quote came to mind as I read your pathetic little posts…Joseph Stalin said, “A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” I want you all, especially those of you who sit in supreme judgment of everyone else, to think about the anger, frustration, sorrow and pain you may be feeling as a result of this tragedy that happened in our back yard yesterday. Are you feeling it right now…okay…good because you know what…there are thousands and thousands of innocent men, women and children who are dying, being slaughtered and tortured all over the planet because of America’s foreign policy. Whatever you are feeling right now, multiply that by a hundred! OH…and how about the 50 million babies that have been murdered at the hands of so called doctors in this country? I wonder how many of you have outrage in your hearts over this travesty against God. How many of you have thought of those babies having scissors stuck in the back of their heads to create a hole for the so called doctor to use a vacuum to suck its brains out? Sadly an American testament is the fact that the most dangerous place in America is not a road with drunk drivers…no, its the womb of an American mother! You all are here willing spend your time chastising this girl, judging her for something that she will regret for the rest of her life when you could care less about the horror that is going on all around us! God help us! The interesting thing about Jessica and the victim is that in all probability they will both place a much higher value on human life from here forward than any of us because one thing they know to be empirically true is that life, precious life, can end in a split second in a most unintentional and sorrowful way. I pray for them both…but more so I pray for all of you who throw judgment around like you know what life is all about.

89 mamad June 29, 2013 at 6:05 AM

@Eddy…..interesting comment, but NO, I have NEVER driven drunk nor had an affair…and I’m sure a lot of other people can say the same thing. The point is this girl not only made what you’re calling a “mistake” she’s not the one sitting in a hospital bed paying for it. This was not an “accident”, she intentionally drove drunk and was texting while doing so. I find it hard in my mind to justify that as a “mistake”

90 dilligafman June 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM

throw the key away!!!!!!!!!

91 Scoob June 29, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Please let us know about the fundraiser as soon as possible. I want to help my brother rider any way I can. Heavenly Father, put your healing light around this man and his family.

92 Niki June 29, 2013 at 8:00 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…. Tina you really are there for us when it matters most.
And thank you to: Know the Victim…. You said it like I wanted to say it, but I was trying to not let my anger speak. People that don’t Know our Friend Have No Idea how Upsetting & Beyond Sadness, it’s sickening, that this happend to such a Wonderful person – A person that made a Career out of Helping other people.

93 Anon June 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

@Eddy @WarrenWilson
thank you very much for making such a good statement, I am family to the women driver, we are all very upset with what had happened and pray the cyclist makes a full recovery, half the comments about the driver are untrue and hurtful, I understand what she did was wrong but like he said dont act like none of you have made poor decisions in your lifetime, is talking bad about her making you feel like a better human being? please grow up. this is not the first drunk driver accident, there are more important things to worry and talk smack about maybe instead shunning her you worry about what else is going on in the real world. Like I said it was very unfortunate this had to happen, we pray the cyclist makes a full recovery.

94 Sar Casm June 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Wishing a speedy recovery for the man in the hospital. Hoping that this is a huge wake-up call for the young lady. Jail time, huge fines, mandatory classes? You’ll get through it, and hopefully learn from this mistake.

95 Connie Dobbs June 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM

She seems like a pretty blond female kid who isn’t any better than David Rosen. This is just the first time she was caught driving drunk. She does it all the time; Thursday she must have felt like she was on the drunker end of ‘good.’ That one guy upthread knows what I’m talking about. She’s prob pretty comfortable with texting as she “drives,” too. And I’ll judge if I feel like it, thanks. Just like you’re about to judge me. I’m as self-centered and convenience-oriented as any of you and yet I haven’t gotten all loaded and nearly killed anybody.

96 friend in DC June 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

@Niki and @other friends
Been friends with the man on the bike for 35 years. Thinking he would be the last person on earth that would want drinking and driving to ruin anyones life and that he would like to be anywhere other than where he is right now. It won’t help to punish the driver in this forum and I expect that he will try to forgive her when he is able so long as she owns up to and takes responsibility for her mistake. Please keep posting on how we can help as its hard for us on other side of country to get news.

97 smc626 June 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Would really appreciate daily updates on his recovery. Getting glimpses of what he’s going through will hopefully make a bigger impact on people, especially during these next HOT days where many are apt to be drinking beer to cool off. If his friends/family start a web page, please let us know!

98 Mama Dog June 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

It’s funny to me when people say that any of us could have been in the same situation that the drunk is in. No that’s not true, fortunately the majority of us are too smart and value life too much to get drunk, grab our cell phone for a text and then start driving.

99 Looks like a good kid?!! WTF June 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Why, because she’s white?

100 Mama Dog June 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

TINA HADAWAY, I’ve called my friends in the motorcycle club. I’ll post here when I hear back from them. They do a lot of work like this so I’m hoping they can do something to help.

101 John Nguyen June 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

She can now be full of regrets. Hopes she gets murder instead of vehicular man slaughter. Forever in prison. Years down the road she would probably be the one talking to our kids about drinking and driving.hope the biker makes a full recovery.

102 Larkin Walken June 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Perhaps a Facebook page should be started up to take care of updates on the victim and where people can donate funds to help in his recovery. Praying that he makes it.

103 Adam June 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Such a terrible turn of events. I pray for the 2 people and their families. I know Jes, and she is an amazing person who made a terrible decision. Jes has a huge heart and cares so much about other people. Believe me. I am not justifying her decision to get behind the wheel after drinking at the bar. But I do know that her heart is broken and I know she is praying for that man. All of u people making all these ingnorant comments need to shut the f up. I pray that man makes a full healthy recovery and I know jes will dedicate her life in the future to help people not make the same decision she made that thursday evening.

104 Gabe June 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

@niki I also am a healthcare provider and was just getting off work when I seen your friend laying face down on the ground. I witnessed The drunk idiot turning him over. I got out of my car and ran over to him to offer what assistance I could as she was crooning and crying about how bad she felt she kept wanting to touch him and kept putting her hands on him as l was leaning over him and assessing his situation. I told her YOU NEED TO STOP TOUCHING HIM YOU NEED TO GET BACK. she was really out if it so I asked another person a lady that had witnessed everything to get her away from him. Thank you to the same lady that held the blanket over him to keep the sun off and to the others that stopped to help, thanks. I told your friend keep breathing buddy keep fighting dont stop breathing dont stop fighting. I stayed with him and assisted the firefighters and paramedics as much as I could. My hat goes off to the firefighters and paramedics, they went into action right away on your friend and needless to say they did a hell of a job if any of you are reading this you guys and gals rocked! …Just know at your friends time of need he was not alone. I hope and pray he makes a full recovery. If there is anything else I can do just ask. I will continue to read this and I will look into donating too. The guy has been in my thoughts since this happened.

105 Mama Dog June 29, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Adam, why don’t you shut the f up and stop defending a monster who knowingly did something that anybody with a brain knows can kill somebody.
“amazing” people who care about other people do not drink and drive, by doing so, she proved that she cares nothing about human life.
You’re showing your ignorance by defending this idiot.

106 Mama Dog June 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Hit submit too soon.
So Adam, I guess it’s ok to almost kill somebody as long as you feel bad and pray afterwards? What would you be saying if it was your mom, or sister or child lying in that hospital fighting for their life?
Why don’t you take a trip down to the icu and tell the victims distraught family how amazing your idiot friend is?

107 mamad June 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

mamadog just put it so well….

108 Niki June 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Gabe I know I can speak for all of His Friends & Co-Workers when I say “Thank You for caring, reminding him to fight & staying with Him until Medical Personel arrived”. And to the Firefighters and Paramedics we could never thank you enough. Sometimes people forget that you are the first ones to arrive on the scene & that you dedicate your lives to helping save our loved ones lives. God bless you!
Please continue to Pray for my Friend….. No update to report on his condition.

109 Atticus Thraxx June 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Saved me some typing Mama Dog. Typical community college pseudo-sociology bullcrap that will no doubt try and turn this little s**t into the victim.
I won’t have it. Glad to see you feel the same and said so.

110 Kim Hanson June 29, 2013 at 9:24 PM

The whole thing is just very sad. No words can describe the pain these families are going through. She needs to take her punishment like a man. She made a very bas choice. Makes me cry.

111 Yhe Phantom June 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Adam

“All of u people making all these ingnorant comments need to shut the f up. I pray that man makes a full healthy recovery and I know jes will dedicate her life in the future to help people not make the same decision she made that thursday evening.”

Please don’t tell me she is already planning to start a 501(c)3 information resource giving power point presentations to young drivers…after she finishes jail, fines, and community service…while he suffers forever, if he is lucky enough to live.

Lots of reformed addicts and felons are trying to do this. It’s a cottage industry. Lasts about 18 months.

She wants a new career and he gets all the pain.

We have been on both sides so we know these things. Sad but true for many lucky people here. We didn’t kill anybody…lucky us.

This is not the place for you to tell us to stfu…who are you?

Prayers for the rider, deep prayers.

112 Tina Hadaway June 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

@mamadog I will have more info Monday as far as fundraising goes. Thank you!
@Gabe and the first responders…thank you, there are not enough words to accurately express gratitude for your immediate actions.

As far as an update on the victims condition. His work family will respect his privacy and his families wishes. Just pray, send positive thoughts or kind words, be good to eachother and please donate when we have the account set up. Thank you.

113 Fred jones June 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Can somebody explain to me how a 21 yr old girl walks into the Clayton Saloon in the afternoon and drinks whatever she drinks and walks out and gets into her car and can’t make it more than a half of a mile before this tragedy happens? Was she a ghost? Did no one see what was going on…perhaps the bartender who served her the last drink…or the friends she may have been with…or any one who was there?

I wish I was there…because I would have stepped in…

114 jessica odom June 30, 2013 at 3:59 AM

Yeah, she made a horrible mistake. But I promise you she means the best outof everyone I know. Swetest girl around. Would do anything for anyone. No excuse for her driving drunk, but I know shes a good girl.

115 Connie Dobbs June 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

#113 I’m with you, Fred. It’s against the law to serve a drunk person, no matter how sweet she is. If she drank in a bar, that establishment should lose its liquor license. At least fire the bartender who cares more about tips than the safety of his/her guests.

116 TinFoiler June 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Bunch of Hot Air being spewed. Post up some solutions – Because in the Final Scheme of Things it will boil down to Forgiveness between the Motorcyclist and Jessica – It’s His choice on what he will do. Yes, I know many other were affected by this, but it is only going to consume you and ruin your Health if you don’t figure out how to deal with it. What’s done is Done.
#113 & #115, I think those laws already exist. Of course Everybody “Needs” their poisonous alcohol spirits so we won’t consider looking at that, Sheep need to be numbed! Liquor Corporations Have their Tentacles Deep in Society and Politicians.
Positive Intentions and Strength sent to the Motorcyclist for His recovery.
There’s too much LOOSH in this World, and it’s keeping the current system in power.

117 KenInConcord June 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

This forum is not the place and try and defend this girls inexcusable actions.

Save all that “two lives have been ruined” crap for you 10th beer with the other drunks at the bar on Main Street!

Remember after Medendez Boys killed their parents. Their lawyer asked the the jury to show sympathy for them because they were orphans!

118 KenInConcord June 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

The bar is already starting their legal defense.

“Several patrons overheard Jess saying “I’m going to wait for my ride out front” when she left the bar.”

Free beer for life! If you will say that in court!!!!

119 weneedtobepositive June 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Sending prayers and good thoughts to the motorcyclist and his family.

As for Jessica, we can only hope that this is something she will learn from. And I hope this is any eye-opener for all young adults who are following this story. I went to the same high school as Jessica and I noticed someone above commented something along the lines of “good to see Every 15 Minutes is working”. Alhambra High School didn’t put this program on for us and I hope this story makes them realize that we need to be educated the terrible consequences that drunk driving can and OFTEN does have on people. While I think it goes without saying that we shouldn’t drink and drive, it’s something that all young adults should learn about and be spoken to about because many parents are oblivious to the fact that their kids drink and assume that its something that doesn’t need to be talked about. Really hoping this can be a lesson for others out there. What a heartbreaking tragedy to be involved in. Not worth it.

Again, sending only positive thoughts and prayers to all parties involved. There is no point in writing nasty words in an online blog. Healing is a POSITIVE experience and we all need to be thinking about the motorcyclist at this time.

120 Update on the Biker??? July 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Does anyone have any more updates on the condition of the biker? Hoping and praying he’s pulling through this. Please someone update on the biker! Not the driver, not the bar, THE BIKER!

121 *sigh* July 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

the bar cut her off by the way…and told her they would get her a cab. she supposedly said she had a ride but instead got into her car, and locals + i think a bartender followed her out to make sure, but she got into her car. Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. What we need to do as a community and friends/relatives of both parties is help eachother in this time. It’s a critical thing that we are there for the poor gentleman who is in ICU and for the young woman, to not say “I told you so”, but to tell her this is reality. THIS is what happens. And she will have to go from there in life. Hopefully making better choices for herself and others so they don’t repeat what she’s going to be going through.

My thoughts are with the victim’s family on a daily basis and with him. Hoping for recovery in general!! That he gets 50 more years with his family and friends <3

122 Antler July 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Connie at #115 ~ ~ ~ YES!

And to ALL Claycordians ~ ~ ~ It is non-productive to engage in moralizing blame-game discourse here re the drunk person’s “responsibility”, “decision”, “morality” and the like because

A DRUNK PERSON DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION !!!

A drunk will BELIEVE and say “Oh, yeah, I’m just fine”, or “yeah, I’ll wait for the taxi”, or “my friend here is the designated driver” (vague hand wave toward back of room). Or the bar tender can cut off that one drunk person from ordering, but then others at the person’s table can pour some of their drinks into her glass, or let her drink from their own glass and order more. It’s complicated: Does a bar have the legal right to station an employee at the door and to require each patron to walk a straight line, pass a breathalyzer test, and clearly string together a cogent sentence before being electronically buzzed out of the bar? Can the police intervene if they observe an alcohol-impaired person even starting to get behind the wheel of a car? (In some past threads, I have read others of you saying “no”, “violation of my individual rights”, “no stake outs in bar parking lots”, etc..)

What are some pragmatic answers as to how we can prevent DRUNKS from physically harming others?

123 Connie Dobbs July 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

#118 That won’t help the bar owner at all. His agent (the bartender) served an obviously inebriated patron, which is against the law in California and will cause revocation of the bar’s liquor license. It may make the establishment civilly liable as well; I don’t know for sure.

124 wow everyone... July 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

1. What she did is inexcusable and should be prosecuted through the proper legal channels. There is, however, a point when outsider’s comments and opinions through public networks becomes harassment. The law should show no mercy on the situation for her so that she may pay her dues in all ways she is found accountable in her trial. None of you are her jury regardless of how awful this situation is.

2. Sending well wishes to the family of the biker victim is where your time can be better spent. If all of the people on this site are so righteous in everything they apparently post, maybe your high and mighty set of morals can walk you down to a card shop to purchase a nice note to the victim’s family. If you do not know the status of the rider, it’s the family’s right to keep that private until they deem fit for the release of that information to anyone outside their family and close friends.

3. Anyone who blames the establishment when they were not physically present for the situation has no idea what the complications can be for any small business – especially a bar. FYI… Most places, including this one, have cameras that show the bartender following procedure in cutting her off, trying to buy her a cab that she did not even have to pay for, her not being there with any personal friends who could get her keys away from her, her saying her ride was on his way, etc. There are also people who may be testifying that were actually there about the name of the person who she claimed was picking her up – who appeared at the accident after it happened. Not that these things are actually anyone’s business but those involved…

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but unless you form that opinion utilizing some sort of FACTS about the girl, the rider, the bar, or whatever idiotic thing you are going to fabricate a mess of unimaginative malarkey about, you are a disappointment to the intelligent people that gave you the right to free speech. Yes the girl is a posterchild for the awful things that can happen when people make very bad choices. Yes people who are near and dear to her are going to wish something better had happened that day other than what she decided. Yes the rider did not deserve any of this and will hopefully pull through. Yes the bar has obligations that no one on here has thus far had the right to say whether or not they did/didn’t abide by. Yes there will be a trial. That is where opinions, decisions, and evidence will matter.

This comment is clearly not directed at anyone who was nice enough to assist at the accident, provide a real update regarding the rider’s condition, or personal friends and family of anyone involved.

125 Family Member July 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

The motorcyclist is still in critical condition but is improving.

126 Sue July 1, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Wonderful to hear that he’s improving! Please tell him he is in the thoughts of many here.

127 Connie Dobbs July 2, 2013 at 12:57 AM

#124 I was speaking theoretically (you’ll notice I said “if”) but hey, thanks for sharing.

128 Me July 2, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Power of Prayer ~

129 Antler July 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Thank you, Family Member, for your consideration in letting us know. And thanks to the Mayor for placing this thread back into to the left-side “fast find” column.

Continued hopes for the victim’s complete recovery.

130 Tina Hadaway July 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

For all the supporters and well wishers of the victim and his family….
There will be information soooon regarding a personal fundraising website. The family is working hard to get this set up asap.

Please do not lose your positive momentum…stay in touch with anyone and everyone from your PTA friends to your biker friends….because our friend will need them!

Thank you

131 Tina Hadaway July 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

And a very big thank you to Mayor Pierce for taking the time to chat yesterday! Your kind words and support were passed on to the victims family.

132 Mama Dog July 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Are there any updates? Is the driver still in jail? How is they motorcycle rider? Why hasn’t he been identified?

133 Larkin Walken July 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

@Mama Dog, read back through the comments. The motorcyclist was identified, is in ICU in critical care but is improving (thank God) accdg to a Family member.

134 Mama Dog July 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I saw they improving part, which I’m so happy about but I wasn’t aware that he had been identified.
I hope he continues to improve. Praise to they Drs and nurses and everybody who has, I’m sure worked tirelessly to help this man.

135 Tina Hadaway July 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

If you are interested in donating to the victim the link is below:
http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/teammarkt/70184

Thank you to all the supporters! Please, if you’ve made negative comments save them for this venue. The donation site needs positive vibes only!!

Keep the focus on healing and recovery…that is what is needed most.

Thank you

136 Mama Dog July 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I just shared they link on my Facebook.
I’m going to pass it along to anybody I can think of.
Tell Mark T. that he has all of Claycord behind him.

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