Vehicle -vs- Pedestrian Near Treat Blvd. & Jones Rd. – Major Injuries Reported

February 25, 2014 7:40 am · 29 comments

A pedestrian was struck by a car and suffered major injuries in unincorporated Walnut Creek this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The collision was reported at 6:39 a.m. near Treat Boulevard and Jones Road, located just southeast of the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART station.

A 2010 Mazda struck the pedestrian, who was taken to John Muir Medical Center to be treated for the major injuries, CHP Officer Eric Anderson said.

The scene of the collision has since been cleared, Anderson said at about 7:40 a.m.

1 just1dering February 25, 2014 at 8:41 AM

The Ped must have been walking with the light, as we were all stopped at a red light.
I was 4 cars back in the right lane, saw nothing, but then the cars in front of me started pulling to the left to go around.
I did the same thing, saw the Mazda (blue SUV, I think) as I was going through the crosswalk.
Then as I looked back I saw what appeared to be a person laying on the ground in the crosswalk, the Mazda was past the crosswalk.
I would have to guess the Mazda drove on the green and the Ped was in front of him/her and just didn’t see the Ped.

2 skrab February 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

That is such a dangerous area for pedestrians. Everyone is in such a hurry. People make major lane changes to get over to the BART side of the street or to the freeway side. People also run red lights. Also, it seems like in the past week the timing of the lights was changed.

3 Sickend February 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I love how just1dering felt to be looking at what happened and just go about their day, along with all the other vehicles as he described “pulling to the left to go around.”
Everyone’s in a hurry these days, like little mice on a wheel. I hope someone who was not so selfish stopped to try and help, even if it was just to console either party in the situation.

4 just1dering February 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

@ Sickened

There were people stopped and on their phones.
If I were a Paramedic, had ANY first aid training, traffic safety training or could help the situation at all, I would have stayed.
I certainly thought of all of these things as I drove away knowing I wouldn’t just bne in the way.

5 just1dering February 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

My bad Sickend, maybe I should have clogged up Treat Blvd even more by taking a picture for Claycord, which I thought of for sure, as I am an avid reader of this site.
I couldn’t see being part of the problem.

6 gg February 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

@Sickend
You are so judgmental. If you weren’t there, keep your mouth shut!

7 The Grant February 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

@Sickend,

In an event such as this, participants other than first responders, may be subject to potential litigation.

Its the fear of, “no good deed goes unpunished”…

8 How many people have to die on Treat February 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

When are the cities of Walnut Creek/Concord going to get serious about traffic calming devices on Treat…how many people have to die before anything is done? During commute hours, Treat (never designed be a highway), has cars going close to highway speeds near many pedestrians due to schools and Bart. Simple simple solution, traffic speed indicators posted near De La Salle and near Jones, how freaking hard can that be?? Is there an acceptable body count for our city leaders, cannot believe nothing gets done about this. Am tired of reading about pedestrian deaths/major injuries on Treat

9 Dlux February 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

This is my co worker. He is going to be fine but is really banged up. He would never cross against a light. People need to slow down and pay attention.

10 The Grant February 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I find the placement of the crosswalk in the middle of Jones road to be idiotic (especially now with the flashing lights – although am sure good intended).

People are in a rush in the morning / night and dont care about the pedestrians (right of way by tonnage) who walk from the Ironhorse trail to the apartment building side.

Not to put the entire blame on drivers, many of times there have been pedestrians / cyclists whom has jumped into the crosswalk in front of me and other cars that I have witnessed knowing that the car was at speed (although they are quite surprised when I dont brake).

11 Dwight Schrute February 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

There is a pedestrian bridge, take a little additional time and use it! I mean no offense to the person injured and I hope they recover fully, but being hit myself crossing ygnacio, I always take the bridge!

12 Road Hog February 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

SUV’s are a serious danger on the road. They should be banned, especially from Mothers with wailing kids in the backseat on their callphones yelling at their cheating husbands.

13 CoCoOld February 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

@8,
Totally right on! I cannot understand why the speed limit on city streets is so high. Why does anyone need to drive 45 mph in a city? Not only Treat, but Ygnacio Valley Rd and Clayton Road are death traps. 30 or 35 mph is really the highest a speed limit within city limits should be IMHO. Maybe if speed limits were lower David Rosen would have been driving a tad slower and a horrific tragedy would have been avoided.

14 just1dering February 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

@Dlux
So did the driver jump the light?

15 Fight back...against stupid drivers February 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I have almost been victim to these types of incidents. Whether it is near the Treat and Jones intersection, or anywhere else — humans in WC/Concord/anywehere else just dont know how to yield to pedestrians. One time i almost did get run over by this a-hole, so i alerted him by throwing my water bottle at his car. He got the message and stopped. I feel really bad for the bike riders who are trying to go through the intersection when it is there right of way and almost get hit.

My solution: you have to alert these stupid drivers making their right turns. if they get too close, take your water bottle/rock/other solid object and colin kaepernick it right at their vehicle. They will wake up and get the message.

16 The Grant February 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

@fight back,

I understand your enthusiasm. What chance is there that the driver of said vehicle whom you just hit with a water bottle / rock / other solid object doesnt roll down their window and pull a gun on you?

What is the cause / effect of said projectile impacting upon a moving vehicle at speed (e.g. increased impact) leading to a multitude of outcomes?

Other than that, good idea….

17 Road Pig Idiot February 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Wow #12, way to show your shallow mindedness. Some people drive SUVs because they are much safer (people don’t try to run over you as much as if you are driving a commuter car), and they have zero children with them and utilize the great hands-free features for calling to lovingly check in with their faithful partners. Did you lose your precious SUV to your ex-wife after she caught you cheating and then get angry because you couldn’t run her over with your commuter car?? Idiot.

18 Rick February 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

As a driver and a pedestrian (most people are) if you watch what you’re doing, regardless of where you are, you’ll probably be all right.

19 stan February 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I have lived just off treat for 4 years now, I have seen 6 people killed on treat since. I wonder what the acceptable body count is before the cities of Concord & Walnut Creek take notice.

20 Big Brother February 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Ban walking. Where’s Mark D? Wasn’t there an ambulance to chase ? “There ought to be a law !”

C’mon Mark, you’re getting slow off the blocks. Why don’t you fix this with a new law ? Ban walking. If nobody walked, nobody would get hurt. Right ?

Oh wait, that would discriminate against the poooor. Never mind.

21 Walnut Creek Resident February 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

DLUX #9 Wow I am glad that man is going to be ok. He is a very fortunate person. I will keep up the prayers for his full recovery.

22 Road Hog said it best.... February 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

“Mothers with wailing kids in the backseat on their callphones yelling at their cheating husbands”….that pretty much sums up 99.99% of the middle age pruned faced women i see driving around in SUVs in the WC.

Lets face it. The WC pickled faced middle aged woman was not designed to handle large SUVs, much less ANY other form of transportation. With great power comes great responsibility. Those SUVs can easily kill someone even at low speeds. But to the middle age WC mom-of-too-many who is rushing to her yoga class while fantasizing about George Clooney it doesn’t seem to matter.

I think that post #17 is just angry because she is forever entrapped in a perpetual menstruation cycle.

23 Cowellian February 25, 2014 at 5:45 PM

So, now it’s been determined that the big, bad SUV wasn’t really at fault, and the pedestrian volunteered to be a hood ornament by running against the light.

24 just1dering February 26, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Now I see why Dlux never answered my question if his co-worker walked with the light or against it.
I volunteer victim for sure.

25 Richard Davidson February 26, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I myself stopped to help in any way. I was the only witness on scene who saw everything. I did my best to comfort the man until the ambulance arrived. He was in serious pain and had loss of memory. He tried to run across the street with 2 seconds on the clock, he got across the first 5 lanes but was struck in the last 6th lane by a innocent driver. There is no blame to pass just a sad day at Jones and treat! I prayed hard yesterday and wish the best for his family and his recovery!

26 @ Road Hog #22 February 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Interesting world you live in…so mothers and middle-aged woman can’t handle SUV’s…am surprised you can find time to write an email between burping, scratching yourself and attempting post-elementary school logical thought. You probably aren’t capable of doing analytical reasoning, but insurance stats don’t lie, and it isn’t middle-age women/mothers causing all the accidents.

27 Tod Gomes February 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

@Fight back… Don’t do this “colin kaepernick it right at their vehicle.” It will just be intercepted by Richard Sherman and they will never notice you are there. ;)

28 @26 (aka angry SUV driving, walnut creek girl) February 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

well, yes it is the middle age women of WC causing accidents. the real middle ages wives of WC cannot handle SUVs. and they are indeed responsible for accidents on the road between texting, yelling at their kids and dreaming about george clooney’s grey hair. so your stats are just plain wrong!!!!

Not to say that men in trucks dont cause accidents too, driving at reckless speeds on treat, as another poster suggested. But too often it is the oblivious mother who is distracted by her cell phone+text messages+george clooney’s hair+children = bad driving!!!!

The number one cause of accidents on the road? It is text messaging. Women do it. ALOT.

29 50 shades of grey February 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I once a girl reading a book while driving an SUV. guess what book it was, because she was definately “distracted” by other activities i would rather not mention on this PG-13 site.

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