MARTINEZ: High-Speed Police Pursuit Ends in Injury Collision

July 26, 2013 7:54 am · 47 comments

A high-speed chase ended in a collision on state Highway 4 in Martinez early this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. A two-door Toyota Solara crashed on state Highway 4 near Alhambra Avenue at about 1 a.m., according to the CHP.

The vehicle’s two occupants were injured in the crash. The driver was transported by ambulance to Highland Hospital in Oakland and the passenger was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Fairfield, according to the CHP.

The pursuit began when officers attempted to pull over the driver of the vehicle for driving recklessly.

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Steven July 26, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Selfish losers….. thank God they didn’t hurt anyone else! I hope they are prosecuted for this, as it could have easily been a different outcome and possibly seriously injured others or killed them, this person needs to be off the streets.

Chris July 26, 2013 at 8:09 AM

How come no one went to John Muir Hospital? they have a fabulous trauma center.

nonewtaxesinwc July 26, 2013 at 8:10 AM
Anon July 26, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Good riddens, to bad people.

KenInConcord July 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Their Medical care should be paid in full, in advanced by the drivers family!

I don’t want to pay for these punks to get patched up so they head out and do it again.

Chris KAp July 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

We live near there. A med helicopter landed in the Alhambra High school field around 1:25 AM next to the hospital. I wonder if it was related? Thanks for your coverage

Blink July 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM

That’s nuts…no one wins here…just glad someone innocent not hurt…
Crazy med bills on this one…who pays
They’ll have time to think if a ticket might have been the better conclusion to this

Redwood July 26, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Too bad the drivers lived. Complete trash, not worth the air they breath. Best case, they learn and go on to be productive, law-abiding citizens. In reality, they will likely go on to do more harm and endanger others.

Tami W July 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

They most likely where uninsured. Transported to county hospital. Also probably from alameda county. ??

mortimer July 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The cops should have just left them at the scene.

Spicoli July 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I can fix it!

Connie Dobbs July 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Does JM have a custody ward? Just guessing.

Diablo July 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I see the reckless driving part didn’t get any better, idiot!

Lori July 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Idiots !!! Steven and KeninConcord my thoughts exactly !! Thankfully they didn’t hurt or kill some innocent person.

Anon777 July 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Glad they only hurt themselves and not anyone else. So sick of hearing about crap like this. It’s just too bad that that most of these incidents involve innocents instead of ridding themselves (the criminals) from our population.

Lalalala July 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Why were the car occupants transported to the hospital in Oakland when there is a hospital less than a mile away?

Anon July 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Butt heads

The Starcraft July 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

@ Chris KAp
Yes, Alhambra high school field was the “LZ” (landing zone) for Calstar 8 this morning at around 1:35. A second air ambulance was dispatched but then canceled due to a 34min ETA. They decide to drive the patient to highlands.

Fred Sanford July 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Big dummies.

Rick July 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Felony warrants? Dui? Or both………….

Captain Bebops July 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Looks like it happened on Alhambra Avenue not Highway 4. The wreck is shown at the entrance to the Highway 4 on Alhambra with the railroad trestle in the background. I must sleep really well because that is nearby.

Passenger July 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

As far as anyone knows, the passenger didn’t commit any crime.

At least regarding the driving of the car.

So why is the passenger being accused of “crimes” for being a rider in a car someone else was driving?

The driver is scum.

The passenger? Who knows?

Anonymous July 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Old Concord , Mad Mom are you OK ?

JCC July 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

CALSTAR broke down on the John Muir helipad last night. Couldn’t take off until 7am.

Julie July 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

When is this going to end? Perhaps when all kids are raised properly….hmm.

Kimchee July 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Hospitals such as John Muir sometimes get over-whelmed with trauma coming from other areas, therefore, the patients must be sent to other trauma facilities; Highland in Oakland, SF General in San Francisco, Eden in Castro Valley, etc. DUH!

Rob July 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Blink July 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM
Crazy med bills on this one…who pays


Given that Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law that requires all ER’s to treat people regardless of their ability to pay – and that the ACA is not in effect yet – so people are not required to have their own insurance – if the injured parties cannot pay – then WE get to pay…

WE get to pay either through higher medical costs as the Hospitals try to recoup the money spent on these guys and others who show up without the ability to pay and without health care insurance…

WE also get to pay if the Hospital attempts to seek any type of reimbursement from the government….

Explain July 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

What is the air time difference between JM and Fairfield?

Why a "high speed chase" in town? July 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

This isn’t the first time such a chase ended in tragedy, with innocent drivers put at great risk. Some cities have determined that high speed chases are not worth the risk of injury to innocent drivers on sometimes crowded city streets. Why not limit such chases to freeways only, and leave those chases to the CHP, who are better trained than city police in driving.

Lalalala July 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center is literally down the street from the accident site.

Random Task July 26, 2013 at 11:22 AM

yeah sent to Oakland and Fairfield ………driving through hwy 4 looking for trouble because the highway patrol has issued a blanket of police on 880 so the criminals are cutting through hwy 4 to do their deeds

Diablo July 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I bet we get stuck paying their medical bills.

Captain Bebops July 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I’m also wondering if the story is incomplete and the car flew over the edge of the freeway and landed on Alhambra. That would explain the mess of a wreck. Good thing it didn’t land on anyone but then Martinez (aka Pleasantville) rolls the carpet up after 8 PM (some locals might say 6 PM).

old concord July 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Sad , Two lives ruined in one instant . Bless all involved .

Glen July 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

They are still alive? look at that hulk. One safe car…

Elwood July 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Who pays?

Why, you and me, one way or another.

God bless the stupid indigent!

@ Why a "high speed chase" in town? & Captain Bebops July 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

“@ Why a “high speed chase” in town?” This was a CHP pursuit and contrary to what you might believe, the officer cannot control the actions of the driver of the pursued vehicle. Do you think the driver of the getaway car will get EVOC training via osmosis from the pursuing officers? Oh FYI- every Peace Officer in the state, be it a State Traffic Officer, Deputy Sheriff or Police Officer receives the same training and has the same PSP & CPT requirements. “Capt. Bebops” the car did not go over the side of the over-crossing and fall 60 some odd feet to the deck. It simply took the off ramp of westbound HWY 4 onto Alhambra at a high rate of speed and right into the guard rail that protects the Train Trestle. There was enough energy involved that the car bounced off the rail and went backwards. This is simply Newton’s laws of motion in action not a Smokey and the Bandit 5.

YourFriendBen July 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Different hospitals have different resources and certain patients warrant certain resources. Being that both of these patients were most likely classified as trauma patients or “trauma activations” due to the extent of their injuries they needed transport to a “trauma center” for definitive care and surgical intervention.

County hospital while it is just down the street is not a trauma center and thus would have no way to provide any surgical intervention/appropriate treatment for these patients. John Muir Walnut Creek is the closest trauma center, but as an earlier poster mentioned they sometimes get overwhelmed and have no room and are not able to accept additional trauma patients for a period of time, in such a case you will have what happened to these people happen, the ambulance/helicopter will divert to the next closest appropriate hospital/trauma center with available room/staff.

@ Captain Bebops July 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Ignorance is bliss. You have no idea what happens in Martinez (aka Pleasantville).

anon July 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

“Does JM have a custody ward? Just guessing.” Answer — NO

“Sad , Two lives ruined in one instant . Bless all involved .”

The HELL with them–they should have dies as they could have killed innocent people..they will be out there again

anon July 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

That’s the same type vehicle that CPD was looking for after a drive by shooting in Claycord on the 24th of July.

well.. July 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Probably they same idiots who stole the liquor.

Obama July 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

If I crashed a car it would look like that.

Jason July 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Northbay Medical Center in Fairfield is a Level II trauma center like JMMC in WC. It is likely JMMC was too busy so the person was diverted to the next closest trauma center. Or the helicopter was unable to land there.

The Closer July 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Impressive, 44 posts into this thread and no defenders of these clowns telling us that they are good people that didn’t do anything and the police are harassing them.

Atticus Thraxx July 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Constantly amazes me the accidents people live thru in newer cars. Some badass engineering getting done.

Missymom July 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM

To all the posts about wishing they were dead, I feel sorry for you. What is left in the world when all compassion and humanity is gone. I don’t understand such hatred when the outcome didn’t involve you.

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