UPDATE: Clayton Motorcyclist Still Alive – Alleged Drunk Driver Who Hit Motorcycle Identified

June 28, 2013 10:50 am · 44 comments

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The motorcyclist who was hit by an alleged drunk driver just before 6pm on Thursday night in Clayton is still in critical condition at John Muir in Walnut Creek, according to Clayton Police Chief Chris Thorsen.

The driver who hit the motorcyclist has been identified as 21-year-old Concord resident Jessica Mercurio, Chief Thorsen said.

Mercurio was arrested for DUI shortly after the head-on crash.

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1 J. June 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Has the motorcyclist been ID’d? He’s 51-years-old.

2 Rob June 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Send the drunk driver to prison for a few years.

3 wow. June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Wow…I know Jessica. What a shame.

4 the other jj June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

to the biker,, hope you make it!! good luck,,wish the best for you,,

5 Matthew June 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

What? Concord resident? Why am I not surprised?

6 anonymom June 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Glad to hear the motorcycle rider is still fighting for their life. Maybe it’s time to stop crucifying the driver (not that it isn’t deserved) and see if we can help the family of the motorcyclist? Mayor if you find out any more info please let us know.

7 Anon777 June 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Glad the motorcyclist is still alive. I sure wish these kids would take it seriously about drinking/texting driving. Parents please sit down with your kids and show them these pictures. Go to her facebook page and see what a beautiful, nice girl she appears to be and has ruined her entire life in about 3 seconds!

I pray for both families.

8 Claycord Fan June 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Shame on her! Twenty one years old and she has ruined her life and probably the life of the Motorcyclist and his family.
I don’t understand what being a Concord resident has to do with anything. Clayton residents are no better than residents living anywhere else. There are good and bad people living in every city.
Prayers going out for everyone involved!

9 anon June 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

@ anonymom
I totally agree with you! What good is it going to do to keep crucifying the driver when the motorcyclist has to deal with the aftermath of what has happened?! He’s going to be dealing with this for the rest of his life, if he makes it through this, which hopefully he does. Yeah, this may be on her conscious for the rest of her life but the dui only last so long on your records.

10 chatterbox June 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Best wishes for a full recovery to the motorcyclist!

11 Anon777 June 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Matthew #5: Her Facebook says Clayton. And, really, why does that matter?

12 gimli June 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Prayers for the cyclist. Prayers for the driver too.

13 Mathew has cracked the case! June 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

An accident near Concord was caused by a Concord resident? Who would have thought?!? Mathew obviously knew, from his desire to let everyone on Claycord know he is not surprised. Quick! Get this man onto our unsolvable crimes unit, STAT!

14 Incognito June 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Dear Matthew,
Just an FYI…. drunk drivers come from all walks of life and don’t just live in Concord.

Hopefully, you’re not as dumb as you sound.

15 Joe 10 June 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

@ Matthew – I don’t know why it bothered me so much to read your ignorant comment. Maybe it’s because it’s pointless on every angle. How can you actually say something that paints an entire city w/ broad brush?! More than anything, there’s someone fighting for their life and the only thing you can comment on is senseless and stupid. Grow up pal. BTW, I live in Clayton and would never make a comment like that about any other city. Last, ever heard of Rich E, the Clayton cop that makes more DUI arrests that most all cops in US?? Every city has warts.

16 mojoduck June 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Matthew
Please move to a wealthy community with gates and security cops and stay there

17 Drive Sober June 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Does anyone know the name of the biker?

18 Mel June 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Glad the motorcyclist is going to live. But it really is tragic to be riding around and minding your own business, and then get injured by a drunk driver who didn’t care who they were going to hurt. That is really sad.

19 TOB June 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

@Mathew (not his name) is just a troll. Wimp hiding behind a computer trying to get comments. Likely lives at home with his parents in Concord. Don’t feed the trolls, insecure wimps hiding behind computer with no life trying to get a rise out of others. Bet his sitter is searching the house for him now..

20 sunnymoon June 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Matthew: go troll where you came from. Leave Concord alone.

21 Lori June 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Really hoping the motorcyclist recovers from this, by the sounds of it he’s got a long road ahead of him. Many lives have changed in a flash due to her making the CHOICE to get behind the wheel drunk. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE !!!!!!

22 MARY June 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

This is a horrible thing to happen but its more horrible to release her name and ruin her life its bad enough to have to live with what you did but to have everyone in concord/clayton know about it get a life people

23 Lori June 28, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Mary she ruined her own life by driving drunk !!!! None of us were at the bar with her and told her to go drive….how is it anyone’s fault but her own? If it was a family member or friend of yours you’d be blaming the drunk too !!!

24 Marysuckit June 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Mary, wake up!! You ruin your own life the second you decide to drink and get in a car. She has friends, which I can see on her facebook page so her need to drive home was invalid. She’s tanked at 6pm too!! Another bad sign! Personally she should have her picture plastered on billboards up and down Clayton and concord as reminder of what NOT to do. Than add faces to the billboards as more offenders break this golden law. She could have killed other people, innocent people!! Instead she ruined her car, she has a 10k dollar ticket and probably will loose her job as a hostess somewhere (I don’t know her job just being an a-hole and speculating) and hopefully the motorist will recover and she had insurance to get him back on the road and pay for his injuries. This girl is a danger to the area so I personally will give zero sympathy as I lay on my couch looking at my precious daughters and thinking this irresponsible 21 year old could have taken one of there lives when we left the library earlier that day!! To the motorist I wish you a speedy recovery and get everything and all you need to make up for this dumb girls foolish negligent purposeful incident!!

25 CVHS Class of '89 June 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I had a PE teacher named Mr Mercurio at Clayton Valley back in the 80’s……….any relation?

26 anonanonagain June 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

@ Mary, ” its more horrible to release her name and ruin her life its bad enough to have to live with what you did but to have everyone in concord/clayton know about it get a life people.

This will be public record anyway. She was driving drunk and almost killed someone and you think by releasing her name that will ruin her life??? SHE has already ruined a small portion of her life by getting into a vehicle and driving drunk. No one else did that. She has the choice now to change her future and make up for this horrible action and turn herself around. Don’t trivialize what happened, it’s not fair to the victim…….

27 my name is MARY June 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

…and I’m NUTS…!!!

28 Lost and Happy June 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

@Mary… She made her bed now she gets to lay in it.

29 @Mary #22 June 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

When someone knowingly drinks then gets behind the wheel and drives on public streets, they are accountable to the community. Not only did she choose to drive drunk, she admitted texting. This is irresponsibility on an EPIC scale. Not only has she ruined the life of the motorcyclist, who’ll never be the same, it’s extremely painful to family and friends who are agonizing for him. Hell, yes, let’s have her name. Ruin her life? Duh, she did that to herself the minute she got behind the wheel an well before anyone posted anything.

I’m tired of pussyfooting around with people who blatantly disregard public safety because they’re too self-centered or think they’re special.

I have to ask why you feel so protective?

30 RaiderforLife June 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I really hope the motorcyclist is going to be okay. Keep fighting mand! So sad that people still drink and drive like this. She had to be out of her damn mind! Very sad.

31 FriendOfMotorcyclist June 28, 2013 at 3:04 PM

If you were a witness to the accident, I implore you to stop by John Muir in Walnut Creek and drop off your contact info so that we can get a statement from you. He’s the only guy that was admitted to ICU on the 27th for motorcycle accident. If you leave it at the front desk, and tell them the cause, we can have someone get it.

Thanks to everyone who helped and assisted my buddy to the ER. He needs all the support that he can get. The motorcyclist was a good man and was just coming home from a long day at work.

32 debbiedo June 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

People if you love your family and friends TAKE THE KEYS AWAY FROM THEM IF THEY ARE DRINKING!! I am sure she wasn’t alone getting drunk was she?!

33 Mama Dog June 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Friend of motorcyclist, I hope your friend will be ok. He sounds like a good guy. You’re a good friend. Tell him we’re all pulling for him.

34 Hospital worker June 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

@FriendOfMotorcyclist.
Better to have any witnesses contact the Clayton Police….they can do a lot more with the information than John Muir security desk can.

35 Susannie June 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

y 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…..

36 debbiedo June 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

very well said Susannie

37 Not surprised June 28, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I know this girl and I’m not surprised at all. yes she was a sweet person but I know for a fact that this is not her first time driving under the influence. This is just the first time she was caught. I pray that the motorcyclist will survive this is a horrible tragity I hope Jessica learns from this. It’s sad to think her life is now over, but she made the choice and she will live with it the rest of her life.
This is just to sad.

38 Semi-scrapper June 28, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Maybe by releasing her name, “friends” of her will be knocking the palm of their hand into their head asking themselves why they allowed her to leave that night on her own rather than taking her keys and calling her a cab.

39 Biker Bob June 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

She was told at the Clayton Club when she was leaving “I’m going to call you a cab”. Her response was, “someone’s coming to pick me up, thanks”. She knew she was to drunk to drive yet decided to drive anyway.

40 casey June 29, 2013 at 1:50 AM

she couldn’t go 4 blocks without hitting someone, totalling two vehicles and badly injuring one. Forever changing his life, if he makes it (praying for him).
I dated someone who would drive drunk. She left my place drunk to go to the store. I told her if she did. to never return.
No had no sympathy for her. None for Jessica.
Getting drunk period if frigging stupid.

41 A mom June 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Amazing how quick we are to judge and criticize. This is a terrible thing that has happened but honestly I would guess the majority of you at some point in your life made a very bad decision but didn’t have this tragic outcome. Jessica is one of the most kind hearted people I have met. She made a very bad decision that in a matter of minutes changed the life of many. She did call my daughter for a ride, I would assume she called others but to no avail she made a mistake. I pray for the motorcyclist, Jessica, all the families and for all of you that seem to think you are perfect, have never been drunk at 6:00 pm and have never made a mistake. I pray that Jessica rehabilitates to be a perfect as all you!

42 FriendOfMotorcyclist June 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Looking for witnesses so that a personal injury dui lawyer can sue J’s insurance company for liability and such.

Still in critical shape. His peers (Tina and Nicki) are also setting up donation funds. I think financial contributions would go a long way so that he can get the best treatment for recovery.

43 Fundaiser for Motorcyclist July 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM
44 Question July 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I noticed in an older post that someone stated the highschool (Alhambra) where J graduated did not participate in the ‘Every 15 Minutes’ Program.

Can someone please call the school and ask how to get the program rolled out? Get more young people educated and show them the harsh and horrible reality of this accident.

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