Vehicle -vs- Pedestrian on Viking Dr. Near College Park High School

December 10, 2013 18:04 pm · 29 comments

A vehicle struck a pedestrian on Viking Dr. near College Park High School in Pleasant Hill just before 6pm on Tuesday.

The victim was injured, but it is unknown how severe his/her injures are. The victim was lying on the ground when paramedics arrived.

If you’re in the area, please use caution and watch out for the emergency vehicles.

{ 29 comments }

1 Jerk December 10, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Dark Clothing, and stepping in front of traffic thinking the World revolves around you and sees you. Guess What, Nobody can see you. Really Sick of this BS!
Build a Pedestrian Bridge!!!!

2 @jerk December 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Nothing you said was mentioned so why would you make a comment like that

3 Claire December 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I hope this person is ok. It doesn’t say hit and run, so hopefully it wasn’t.

4 slow down December 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

People really need to slow down. Everyone is in such a big hurry.

5 NoMoreFreeRide December 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Plenty of that exiting from Oak Grove Middle School and Ygnacio Valley High School each day. Saw one idiot walk right in front of a car today and almost became a statistic.

6 Anon December 10, 2013 at 7:17 PM

In the fays before violence was so regular, we called this a hit and run. But that doesn’t sound as cool as what they wrote.

As well, second the other posters comment. If you don’t want to be seen, you’ll be hit when you walk into traffic.Screw the ped bride, jay walkers get a clue.

7 John December 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM

This whole area needs some kind of foot/bike patrol by police. Jaywalkers, bicyclists on sidewalks (in the wrong direction), bikes with no lights, idiot drivers who don’t notice the “walk lights” and crosswalks, drivers blocking sidewalks and driveways, the whole thing is ridiculously dangerous. Since cars do the most damage, I would focus on slowing them down first.

8 I'm horrified to see people walking in parking lots December 10, 2013 at 8:02 PM

people just walk right across the parking lot, as if they hadn’t a care in the world, frequently looking at their phones, but not always. I like to pull up close to them and watch the look on their face, which is usually a dirty look, as if I’m guilty of invading the space of a pedestrian, rather than some idiot not watching traffic.

9 Carnac the Magnificent December 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Carnac the Magnificent says it was a minor injury Auto-Bicycle accident at the intersection of Viking Dr and Ruth Dr. All involved parties & witnesses were interviewed at the scene. Carnac the Magnificent reminds bicyclists that they are required by the California Vehicle Code to obey the rules of the road while riding on the street; e.g. stop at all stop signs and drive with a white light to the front from dusk to dawn…

10 mika December 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Viking drive carries too much traffic for the neighborhood. A college, high school and middle school all on the same block. Surprised there aren’t more accidents.

11 @ slow down December 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM

how about we just stop driving? Did the article say the driver was speeding?

12 Kev-o December 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

No one trying to cross a city street (night or day) is “asking” to be hit by car. Have more respect for the people in your community.

13 Randy December 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Just drive safely, as well as defensively, and everything will be all right.

14 Elwood December 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

@ Kev-o #13

If not “asking to be hit by a car” how would you describe someone who walks out into the street ignoring cars entirely? Happens every day on Viking.

15 Elwood December 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Make that #12

16 Reality Slap December 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Whatever happened to stop at the corner, look both ways, make sure the road is clear, then cross? Today we have, step out without looking and sue the driver that hits you.

17 @Reality Slap, #16---You're referring to "distracted walking" December 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM

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18 KJ December 11, 2013 at 7:00 AM

A video I was watching about making cities pedestrian/bike friendly noted that roads are lit for cars (that have headlights) but sidewalks are not lit for pedestrians.

Personally, I carry a flashlight and always use it when I’m walking at night. I also wear light colored clothing. I really do not want to be hit by a car! But even with these precautions, I have still had a few close calls.

19 Gimli December 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Gimli the amazing spider biker says drivers are the ones killing and maiming people even with traffic rules in place. Drivers run through stop signs, on their phone, all while driving a 5000 POUND DEATH MACHINE. Drivers are the problem even in the best conditions. There is a serious lack of respect for the fellow man in this country.

20 Pleasant Jenny December 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

It was a white, possibly light complected Hispanic tweaker looking dude, maybe in his thirties, down in the intersection in dark clothing with his bicycle. Bicycle did not appear to have any reflectors. There were at least ten cop cars. Happened just after Freshman basketball game so we were thankful it was not a student traveling home from the game.

21 Horse'n Around December 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

@ #8. I know what you mean. Yesterday I was driving in the CVS parking lot looking for a place to park. And people just walk right on out in the road way as they exit the store and not even look to see if anyone’s coming. I had about 5 people that I waited for to cross. And 3 of them were just talking away on their cell phones. But the last guy that came out, did look at me and wave. I guess people feel that they are just entitled to walk out in the street and people will have to stop for them. People should stop for them, but come on, at least look to make sure you make eye contact with that person before you cross. Oh, and maybe a little wave of a thank you would be nice also.

22 at emergency room with "victim" December 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I was getting stitches in the room at the e.r. Next to this guy. He was talking really loudly and acting kind of drunk. I heard all the details of the crash and I’m sorry to say this guy seemed to be milking it. They called a friend on speaker phone who seemed really worried based on what victim was saying. The doctor actually interrupted to say he had a minor injury to foot and didn’t even require an xray. Thought it was funny I got the tweet from claycord right when they were announcing it over the loud speaker.

23 Willis December 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

That area is not well lit, especially west of Ruth on Viking before the schools. I’ve also noticed a lot of tweakers flying around on their bicycles around the Contra Costa Blvd area.

24 get a clue, drivers of PH December 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

If you are driving a vehicle it is YOUR responsibility to watch out for pedestrians crossing the road. sure, some pedestrians may not be paying attention, which is why you have to be on alert. There are many times when pedestrian using that crosswalk on Viking drive will cross, only to have some retard driver almost blow past them and almost hit them. As I said before – get a clue drivers of PH and watch out for pedestrians crossing. That is basic driving 101.

And to the genius who said that he doesnt like it when people walk across the parking lot – how else are people suppose to get to their cars?? It is your responsibility to watch for them when they are crossing, even if they are on their cell phones. you are the driver. so yield. This is SO typical of inconsiderate drivers being impatient with pedestrians.

If they gave you a dirty look for being an inconsiderate driver, good for them.

25 Know the facts before you comment December 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM

It was at a four way stop intersection people, I sat in the traffic for it. Pedestrians fault? Don’t think so…

26 Horse'n Around December 13, 2013 at 6:58 AM

@ get a clue. YOUR the reason people get ran over. The point I was trying to make was, you have to make eye contact with the driver when crossing. You can’t just assume some people are going to stop for you. There are also lots of inconsiderate pedestrians out there. Sounds like your one of them.

27 get a clue, drivers of PH December 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

@26:
I think you meant to say “YOU ARE” the reason people get “run” over. but whatever….and the point I was making was that even when pedestrians do make eye contact with drivers, many of them neglect to stop anyways. Case on point…some clueless-middle-aged-mother-of-too-many was driving out of of the school parking lot in that same vicinity while I was running by on my morning jog. I made eye contact with her. she still neglected to stop at the stop sign and nearly ran me down. I was literally inches away from being struck by a clueless driver of PH. So am I the “inconsiderate” pedestrian for running by and expecting to stop at the damn sign which says STOP in big white letters? Drivers need to be aware – in parking lots of schools, shopping malls and anywhere else. Even if you have a person who is talking on a cell phone walking by, which you may perceive to me “inconsiderate” – you are the one driving the 2 ton vehicle.

28 beware of those drivers at Sunvalley December 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I noticed that the dumb drivers at sun valley mall cant be bothered to stop at the crosswalks, either. be careful when crossing around there, especially during the holidays.

29 Horse'n Around December 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM

@ get a clue. No sense trying to talk to you about this anymore. I now know why you are so upset. You almost got run over, so now all drivers are bad. All I was trying to say was look before you start crossing. Just like my parents told me to do when I was growing up. Look both ways before crossing the street.

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