UPDATE: Saturday Morning Crash Kills Man on Treat Boulevard in Concord

August 31, 2013 16:12 pm · 108 comments

An early morning crash killed a man on Treat Boulevard near Thompson Drive (between Lime Ridge Open Space & Cowell Road) in Concord.

Police say the crash happened at about 2am on Saturday, and involved an auto -vs- a tree.

Upon arrival, the officers found a solo vehicle collision with the victim (who was the sole occupant), deceased in the driver’s seat.

The preliminary investigation revealed the victim drove off the roadway for unknown reasons and struck the tree.

No further details are available, and the man’s name hasn’t been officially released, although we’re hearing he was a resident of Concord.

UPDATE, 6:13pm: The man has been identified by friends and family as Don Maich Jr., of Concord.

Matt August 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Don Maich Jr. …. Great Guy…Very Sad

Mr. Pink August 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

A CVHS grad from the 80’s I’m told.

Lisa Varley August 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM

RIP Don Maich. Class of 83 Ugly Eagle Clayton Valley High School. We will miss that smile.

AlwaysL8 August 31, 2013 at 4:56 PM

What kind of car?

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tatted lady August 31, 2013 at 5:16 PM

when the name is released, can you email or post it. I know a few people who live out that way and who are that stupid to drive under the influence. I hope it isn’t one of them. I also wish people were smart enough to not be so stupid and do that.

Pucky August 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Dave #5…You are an ass for posting that…Even IF that were the case, You should be ashamed for it…

DELETED August 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

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Good heart August 31, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Family has lost a son, father , uncle and friend, show some respect people and if you don’t have anything decent to say! Just don’t say anything!

mikeylicksit August 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

A sensitive issue brought up about the timing of the accident. Statistics are on the side Dave. Pucky handling the truth can be difficult. Dave shouldn’t have to be a shamed to post factual statistics. Have a nice day “Pucky”.

kilo August 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

RIP Don. You will be missed.

Vixen Kitten August 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Don – Please know that we are saddened to hear this. You will miss you dearly.

Judi August 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

He was a wonderful man, father and friend. There r people who now have a whole in their heart because of his death. I hope they are not reading some of these judgemental posts.

Yaya August 31, 2013 at 5:38 PM

RIP Don.

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Indeed August 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Thanks for a good comment Good heart ! Why oh why do some people have to make stupid, ugly remarks for the deceased person’s family to read.

Dawn August 31, 2013 at 6:11 PM

RIP. GREAT MAN GREAT FRIEND graduated with him 83 if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all

Whole Earth August 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

RIP and many concolences

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Whole Earth August 31, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Is this him-RIP if it is and condolence to the family/


Rick Roy August 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

So sorry for this loss. He was a good man, a friend, a good officer, a loving father to his kids. Truly a said loss. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

Rebecca August 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM

We were on Treat a bit ago and my heart broke at the sight of a man and child/preteen who were standing at the tree. The man had his arms around the child and the child was stoic. Don’t know how they knew the victim but the image is burned into my mind. RIP

TMMF August 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I cannot put into words how I feel right now…So Don, RIP dude! smh

TMFF August 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I cannot put into words how I feel right now…So Don, RIP dude! smh

Louie Louie August 31, 2013 at 6:39 PM

RIP Don…you will be missed.

Michelle CVHS alumni August 31, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Sending love and strength to Donnie’s family.

Concord native August 31, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Sad day! May he Rest in peace and his family and friends find comfort in the memories they have of him! Don was a wonderful family man, Awesome softball player , football player and an incredible man all together!!! I was honored to be his friend! My thoughts and prayers go out to his boys, parents & his sister!

dls August 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

#5 He worked a night shift which might entail why he was driving. How assumptive of you. RIP.

Me August 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I don’t know what “family member” confirmed the identity of this victim but it wasn’t anyone in his immediate family. It was his mothers wish that his name never made it to the media. As for cause of death it is yet to be determined. Those of you who so heartlessly blurted out your ignorance should be ashamed. His sons were left without a father. They as we’ll as the rest of their family read this blog and are sickened by your callousness. Don was a great man with many friends who gave his all to his family and went out if his way for his friends. We are all grieving a very untimely passing.

kilo August 31, 2013 at 7:01 PM


Seizures and other medical problems, sleep deprivation, equipment failure and a number of other things can cause a solo vehicle crash at 2am. Making an assumption and throwing it out in a public forum where family and friends are likely to read it is extremely unkind.

Stefanie August 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM

So sad! It happened right next door to where I live- I came on to check what happened that kept me up for 4 hours last night, and I’m sad that people are so quick to make negative assumptions when some just died!! Condolences to the family and friends.

Misha August 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Dear Don, such a new friend in my life and such a wonderful human being. We are all struck with sadness from your death. Your smile and gentle spirit will forever be in our hearts!

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Stefanie August 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

So sad! It happened right next to where I live. I came online to see what had happened that kept me up for 4hours last night, and it’s unfortunate that some people are so quick to pass judgement and post negative assumptions when someone just died!! Condolences to the family & friends.

Scrappy August 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

RIP May your family find peace through this

TJ August 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Wow extremely hard for me to believe I was just b.s.n with him yesterday bfore I left for vacation.. Feel really bad for his boy.. R.i.p. DON

Jerk August 31, 2013 at 7:53 PM

“If the car detects a monoxide leak warning sensors come on”.
What car is this?

Family August 31, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Don took his sons to the Clayton Valley-DeLaSalle football game. He returned to the game to retrieve something he left behind. On the way back home he lost control. He wasn’t at a bar partying like you assume. He was being a good father and bonding with his sons. Yes his family is reading this so please, as Thumper said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” And to all those defending his honor and singing his praises we, his family, thank you. We always thought he was a great guy. It’s nice to see that so many others do to.

JR August 31, 2013 at 8:04 PM

May you rest in peace he played softball a couple of year’s ago with my uncles and cousins. I went to middle school and about 2 years of high school with his older son and he would always give me advice on how to be a better person in the class room and on the football field and off the field. May you rest in paradise condolences go out to your family.

Tod Gomes August 31, 2013 at 8:06 PM

There was an announcement and a moment of silence at today’s Clayton Valley freshmen football game in honor of “someone” who died last night. I am guessing this is the same person. RIP Don Maich Jr.
Please don’t jump to conclusions without getting all the facts first.

lucy August 31, 2013 at 8:12 PM

RIP Donnie! May God comfort your family in their time of sorrow.

Shelley August 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM

My condolences to his family.

I hope he didn’t have a heart attack, or statistically speaking……

Killjoy August 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

My condolences to his family.

Anonymous August 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

He sounds like a wonderful man. God bless Don Maich Jr., his friends and family. That’s one more angel to help St. Peter guard those pearly gates and one more guardian angel for the family and friends he left behind.

Lisa Varley August 31, 2013 at 8:39 PM

So just for some of you idiots posting, Don worked nights and might have fallen asleep at the wheel. We are not sure what happened yet. So keep your uninformed rude comments to yourselves!

Lisa Varley August 31, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I am saddened by the negative comments being posted, but it is really nice to see all the great things being said about Donny. I hope when his family is reading these comments they will see how loved, admired, respected
and cared about he really was.

CVHS Classmate August 31, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Rest in peace Don thoughts and prayers go out to the family. So sorry for your loss.

George August 31, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Don was a good man with a big heart. All of you CLOWNS that choose to beat down a father of 2 boys that are left without their father might want to look in the mirror. Maybe try loving your own like Don did and get off the blogging circuit. There is only one judge and it is certainly not you who has time to sit around and remark negatively about a man who has passed.

Walnut Creek Resident August 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I am so sorry for this man and all of his loved ones. It is shocking when we loose such a wonderful neat man as has been described by all the people who knew him. Rest in Peace and for people who are judging this man I am more sorry for you. He is in peace and you are all in a dark place.

Sue H. August 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM

My prayers and condolences to his family & friends

Sean H August 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I have fond memories of Don growing up in the state streets. I always knew him to be a good, honest man with a good head on his shoulders. God Bless you my friend!!

safari August 31, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I met Don at a CVHS/Alumni game. He and my son were both playing for the alumni team. Don was much older than most of the guys on the field, but that didn’t stop him from giving his all. It was clear that he enjoyed interacting with the guys, laughing and joking around. The news of his passing was shocking! I pray that his family finds comfort in all of the posts that speak to Don’s kindness and joy for life. RIP Don.

His Very Loved Son August 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I will Miss You Daddy Keep looking over us.
I’ll go to an A’s game for you
R.I.P. Dad

Kris August 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Rip. dont know this man but hurting for those kids. Hes in a good place in heaven.

Gabe A August 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Don was a great friend and a fellow hardballer…he was one of a kind and had a hart of gold and i will miss him very much! R.I.P my friend you will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know you!

George August 31, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Mr. Mayor: Why is my entry gone?

DMZ August 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM

God Bless you Don.
God Bless your family.

Good heart August 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM

For those who spoke from the heart, as Don would in kindness and respect, God Bless! To Don’s son’s I’m so very sorry for your loss! To those who speak without knowing and negative conjecture, you live with your lack of sensitivity ! RIP Don! I truly hope the deleted comments are the mayors way of dealing with dumbasses with nothing better to do then bash others! If that’s the case, thank you Mayor, on behalf of friends of Don!

I'm The Urban Spaceman August 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM

The Universe lost a good man.
May the trolls quickly join him.

aka August 31, 2013 at 11:31 PM


Randy August 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

My heart goes out to his 2 boys Donnie and Joey.. I have known Don for 10 years and was proud to call him my friend. I hadnt talked to him in a while with the hustle and bustle of life but on every holiday we would send a text to each other wishing well. He was a great father and officer as well he coached baseball at JOBL. I played softball with him and for a big man was one hell of an athlete.Most of all he was a great man who will be missed.. So for the last time.. Ill see you later my brother luv you man….RIP

Paul Kukuk September 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM

My heart aches to hear of this tragic loss. I have known the Maich family for over 40 years and my thoughts and prayers are with them. I am so sorry for their loss.

Sharyl D September 1, 2013 at 2:23 AM

RIP, Don. I enjoyed your comments and jokes on Facebook. I’m glad to have known you ever since Clayton Valley High. My deepest condolences to the family. I was shocked to find out about his passing tonight. Know that he will be missed.

Scott September 1, 2013 at 2:59 AM

I am so saddened to learn of Don’s passing. He and I were beat partners during the 80’s and 90’s at PPD and were on the same team. We spent a lot of time together back then and I have so many great memories. I lost touch with Don after I retired and moved out of state but reconnected a couple of years ago on Facebook. His two son’s were his world and he was a great father. The world lost a good man and he is most definitely missed. Thoughts and prayers lifted for you my friend and for your family. Rest in eternal peace my brother….

Justixe September 1, 2013 at 3:13 AM


Tiffany (Cox) Eklund September 1, 2013 at 5:16 AM

We’re gonna miss you Don. You were without a doubt one of the good guys! Blessings to you and your family. Thank you for being a lifetime friend!
Jonas and Tiffany Eklund

Greg V. September 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

I have many good memories with Don. We used to work together and had many good conversations on the way home from work. I am also a CVHS alumni. My heart goes out to his family. An angel got his wings today….

Scoob September 1, 2013 at 8:09 AM

God bless you Sir. Rest in peace. Thank you for serving our state and community. Boys, he will always be with you, watching you grow, so proud of you. Be strong and live life to its fullest.

Acc September 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

He sounded like a straight up wonderful man. I’m so sorry for his boys’ loss of their father. This is too sad. RIP Don.

tth September 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

RIP Donny. God bless you, your family and all of your friends.

Tina September 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

RIP Don. It was an honor to know you and graduate with you. CVHS Class of 83. To your family and friends – my thoughts and prayers are with all you.

don b. September 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

A true cvhs and softball legend. And look at all the love and support. Don was a great man and father. He will be missed

kman September 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM


When will services be done. Will they be public or private?


Keith September 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Kind soul. You will be missed by EVERYONE.

Tracy Spencer September 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

My condolences to Don’s loved ones and friends, the world has lost a wonderful person, RIP Don!

Old Neighbor September 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Don and his boys were our neighbors for a few years. Him and my husband have known each other since high school. A dedicated father. My memories of seeing him in the street playing ball with his boys often and hearing the laughter. I still see that image looking out my kitchen window and it makes me smile.
Your boys and family are in our thoughts.

Mr. Pink September 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I remember Don from our Pine Hollow days. Very sad to hear. RIP.

denver pilcher September 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I had known Don since Clayton Valley High School, and kept in touch thru facebook. Don was a caring father whose boys were blessed with a great dad so involved with their lives, and he was a great friend to so many. He has left us (all his friends, and his family) way too soon, and he will be greatly missed. My prayers, and condolenses go out to his family and friends. Don, you will be missed and remembered by all those you knew and affected by your kindness and happy attitude towards living life. God Bless Don, and let us remembered this great guy, and his loved ones by living everyday to its fullest with his great attitude towards others.

Renee L Cooper Bettess September 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I went to High School with Don (CVHS class of 1983). I didn’t really know him to well in High School, but got to know him at our 20 year reunion. I have been friends with him on Facebook for the past few years and was SHOCKED to hear this from a fellow facebook friend. He will be TRULY missed, we are all just numb from this sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this very sad time. RIP in Don. UGLY EAGLE FOREVER!

Me3200 September 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Don was a very dear friend of mine. He will be missed by many. To the people saying the horrible things about my dear friend, I just hope & pray your family/children and friends do not have to go through what his family/children and friends are going through. Shame on you.

Don, we will miss you terribly. Your smile, your laughter, playing softball with you, your dumb jokes at weird times, and most importantly the huge heart you had and the way you loved your boys first with everything you had and still made tons of room for your friends to fit in there. All of it. Rest in paradise my dear friend.

Skeptic September 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Thank you for moderating the comments, Mayor. Don was a good man who cared about helping other people. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

DaveK September 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I had the honor of playing baseball in little league with Don, he was a real team player. I will always remember the fun and full of spirit. RIP to his his family, my deepest sympathy

Lisa September 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I’ve known Don since middle school. He was a good guy and could always make you laugh. Keeping up with him on FB, it was very obvious that his 2 boys were his pride and joy and he was so proud of them and proud to be their father. My heart hurts knowing 2 boys will grow up without their dad. God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.

Rest in Peace Don…

Rife September 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Don was like a father to me and a brother to me at times. He was always there to listen when I needed a friend. Fellow Ugly Eagle and lineman brother. We played football, softball and hardball together. He was very giving and had a huge heart. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his friends. He leaves behind two young men I know personally. This is such a tragic loss. I wish everyone would keep their assumptions off of this page. I have had drinks before with Don and being an officer of the law, he never drove after drinking. So please keep those assumptions off of this page. He did work graveyard hours. Those of you saying horrible things should be ashamed of yourselves.

True September 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Sorry for the family of Don’s. So sad.

RIP Mr. Maich September 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

I was driving on Treat just after the accident. There was a young man that had stopped just before me that had already called 911 for help. Before I knew it there were 4 additional vehicles that stopped to see if they could help.
The scene was tragic, but the strangers coming together at 2am to see if they could help was something that gave me hope. There are good people in our city. People that will step up and help when someone is in need.
My sincerest condolences to the Maich family for there loss.

Cma friend September 1, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Very sad news! Rest in peace my friend. God bless!

Dan I've September 1, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Ive know Don for over 25 years. He was one of the best people I have ever known. Love you bro! You will be missed by so many people and god bless those sons of yours.

anon September 1, 2013 at 10:43 PM

@dls 28 night shift is normally 10pm to 6 pm hence the term Night-shift

@family 38 how was he retrieving something from a football game at 2am

yes it is very sad that what sounds like a very good loving man has died and my condolences to the family on the loss of a loved one

dave September 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Great call on the bit of “humane editing” in the comment section Mayor. I respect free speech and your right to run your blog as you wish. There are also human decencies in place for the greater good.

Don was my neighbor and I played on his softball team. He was one of the good guys. Rest in Peace Don.

Donnie Maich III September 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM

@Rebecca post # 22 I Am grateful to see your comment . I had gone to see Were my Father had passed on and brought him a flower from his garden. Thank you for being more kind than others have been during this difficult time for me my brother and friends and FAMILY.
R.I.P. Dad I will always love you.

Sharyl D September 2, 2013 at 1:10 AM

I just came back from the crash site, to pay my respects. I was happy to see that several people had done the same, and dropped off flowers and balloons. Donnie, I hope you, your younger brother, and the rest of your family make it through this tragedy. I believe that all of your father’s friends wish you well, and are here to give support, if you need it.

Donnie Maich III September 2, 2013 at 4:04 AM

And thanks to all the kind souls out there !!

Anon September 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

To the family…so sorry for your loss. Sounds like he was a wonderful man. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Miss you Don! September 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The boys are in my prayers! Don was one amazing man, friend, and father. Miss you friend.

Leslie Kukuk September 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I have know Don for over 40 years he always expressed this crush he had on me and we always remained good friends I’m just glad I had the pleasure of being his date at his class renunion years ago and I am so deeply saddened and from the bottom of my heart to his family I share your loss and am so sorry for the negative comments my heart goes out to you.

Shannon September 3, 2013 at 12:37 AM

I never seen someone on this board that was so well loved. That says a huge amount of what a good man, dad, and beloved family member plus friend he was to so many people. God Bless you Don Maich Jr.

Pati September 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I spent this morning reading through my Inbox of messages with Don and it’s still unbelievable. I met him during his Pittsburg PD days, and we played a lot!
One of his last messages to me last week was that he needed a Tahoe trip “BAD!”. I told him I would drive up with him as I had some business there, but it would have to be a one day trip. His response, “Then we can’t drink, if it’s a ‘turn around’.” This is the kind of man Don was. He was responsible. Ex-cop, amazing father, who always put his sons first. This was a very difficult weekend for so many, I can see, and I know it will be long while before my heart heals for this terrific friend. Love you, Don. Thank you for being in my life. My prayers and condolences to his family. He will be missed. Already is.

CVCHS Mom September 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Does anyone know if/when a service will be held for Don?

Kali September 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

He was Loved and will be missed!

Domestic CEO September 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

My son played on a baseball team he coached at JOBL, he was a great guy. Always there for the kids and encouraging them to play their best. He has touched many, many lives and will always be fondly remembered.

Rest In Peace Don

Chuck Carlson September 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Candie, Donnie and Joe I’m so sorry to hear the loss of your husband/father this really has touched me and what a great man he was. My son Eric had the opportunity of being coached by Don and George L what good times we had that year. I remember Don talked about Highland Hospital where he worked as a Sherriff there and how much he enjoyed being there. My prayers to the family (GOD BLESS)

Family September 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. Someone asked how Don could have been retrieving something from a football game at 2 am. The game ended at around 11:30. They drove home, then he drove back to the school. Knowing Don he was shooting the bull with someone he knew. That’s the kind of guy he was. He’d hang out, shoot the breeze and maybe help if he thought it was needed. As for services nothing has been planned yet. His parents are traumatized. Those who know him will be notified. Anon 89 semantics. He worked graves (that would be the graveyard shift for you) and nights and sometimes even a swing shift. That’s what you do when you’re a cop. RIP 86 thank you so much for stopping to help. It’s nice to know there are people out there who care. What a great community we live in. To you and the others who stopped to help Don, I give my eternal gratitude. Thank you.

Teddi September 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

A good man indeed. I have known Don for over 30 years and he’s always been one of the good guys. The thing that will stick with me is his immense love for his boys. If that does not define a man’s character I don’t know what would. I recall some years ago someone was not so kind to him and it made me really mad. I learned a lesson from Don about forgiveness and considering someone else’s pain and am grateful to have known him. To Don’s family and boys, there are so many people who care and are grieving with you. I know that every Ugly Eagle from ’83 is here for you.

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” ~John Taylor

that chic with no name September 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I’m saddened to hear of the loss of Don.

He was a gregarious character, when we were teens I had a party at my aunts, Don was in attendance. She had a fish tank with piranha in it. There was a sign clearly stating”Don’t put your hands in the tank you will l lose a finger”… Don didn’t believe the sign and got his finger bit… We just laughed about that incident a few weeks ago at Vinnies.

My sincere condolences to his Children and the rest of his family

K and M Colby September 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Our sincere condolences to Donald’s family,we did not know him very well,but if he was anyway like his wonderful parents he was the best.Rest in Peace.

AD September 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

RIP Don. I know you’ll always be watching Donnie and Joey from heaven. I’ll always remember the fun times we had cruising the Fire Chicken on Clayton Road. My prayers go out to the boys and your entire family.

bulldog24 September 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Rip Don. You were a great pitcher on my team and a great person to be around i certainly will miss your presence.

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