Driver Killed in Hwy. 24 Crash was Danville Teen

March 6, 2014 15:50 pm · 71 comments

A 17-year-old Danville boy was killed in a solo car crash on state Highway 24 in Lafayette this morning, a fire captain said.

The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. on eastbound Highway 24 near the Pleasant Hill Road exit. Witnesses told the California Highway Patrol that the driver of the vehicle was speeding before the car went off of the roadway and struck a tree, a CHP officer said.

The teen, who was alone in the car, appears to have died on impact, according to Capt. Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Emergency responders searched for additional victims but found none, Marshall said.

The far right lane of the highway was blocked by emergency vehicles until about 2:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

Louisa March 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

RIP good soul, prayers and condolences to the family. What is going on with our youth these days! Too many speeding tragedies involving 16 – 23 year olds in the past couple of years!

well... March 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Maybe they need to go back to showing Red Asphalt to new drivers. There should be classes ( not on line) that new drivers have to attend. While I know that will not stop everyone accident and speeding deaths, maybe it will force more people to think twice about what they are doing. The only thing good here is that kid did not kill anyone else.

Teens and speed March 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM


Prayers to family and friends.

May his memory be a blessing to those who loved him.

waverunner March 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Unfortunately, nothing seems to scare kids anymore, even when they see their friends being killed by speed and reckless driving. They think they are invincible.

Sorry that this young man will never realize his life’s dreams, and sorry that his parents have lost their son.

mamatosix March 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Sending love and comfort for the family. Yes there are way too many young kids dying in tragedies lately around here.
Unfortunately hind sight is 20/20 and until one has lived long enough to have it they feel untouchable. So sad.

Jerk March 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Are they checking cell phone to determine if texting/distraction was cause?

The pope. March 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I drove by-the big green exit sign was obliterated. He must have been really going fast.

@Jerk March 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

What difference does it make at this point?

My heart goes out to this poor family who has lost a loved one. I can’t even imagine their pain.

Michelle March 6, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Prayers and condolences to this boy’s family….wishing you peace in this terrible time.

Jim Shoes March 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

So sad

anonanonagain March 6, 2014 at 5:26 PM

This is very sad. Another teen’s life snuffed out in just an instant. I feel for the parents. I can’t imagine what they must be going through at this moment. RIP.

Please be careful out there!!! You may think that everyone around you is old and do not have a clue, but we were young once and we have seen our young classmates and friends die young. We have lived to tell…..

mika March 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Maybe this will be a wakeup call for his fellow students at his high school. Speed kills. It’s OK to not speed. I agree with poster above, start showing those gory, bloody films they showed me in driver’s ed many years ago, with blood and body parts all over the place.

wolfman March 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Amen to that anonagain. prayers for the family.

Jerk March 6, 2014 at 6:04 PM

“What difference does it make at this point?”
It makes a difference to maybe save a life in the future.
Of course, the telecommunications corporations are the #1 contributor to politicians so let’s keep it all hush hush how much damage cell phones have incurred.

Amy March 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM

A parent’s worst nightmare.

CatWoman March 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

RIP Prayers to you and your family in this sad time.

Silva March 6, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Just so very sorry to his friends & family. Like Amy said, a parent’s worst nightmare.

Stevo March 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I knew this young man. My kids went to school with him. My Daughter was good friends with him. I know both parents. This is a terrible. I doubt he was texting going 100 MPH racing another car. It was a kid being a kid but should not have been driving that fast in a car that has no ability to barley go that fast. My heart goes out to the family. RIP Young Man.

Pro Fi March 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

OOOOOOh My. Thoughts and prayers to all affected, especially the young man’s parents. I am sure they are devastated and beyond grief and I hope they have all the love and support from our community.

Ancient Mariner March 6, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Thank you No. 3:

” May his memory be a blessing to those who loved him”

Must be Thursday March 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

This is so sad. My heart goes out to his family and friends……

Anon March 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

“I doubt he was texting going 100 MPH racing another car”

and you know this how ??

“t was a kid being a kid ”

Not a smart one

Its like being on/near the railroad tracks – more of this age group will do things that end their lives– make it a teachable moment – not just the tears & flowers– wake up to reality

MadMom March 6, 2014 at 8:05 PM

An absolute tragedy. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
You are in my prayers.

@mika March 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Speeding doesn’t kill – drivers who make poor decisions or lack driving experience are the cause of fatal accidents. There’s little danger in going 80mph on a clear night down a straight highway with few other cars on the road, but driving the same speed during the day on, say, Westbound 24 after the tunnel would be very reckless. Driver’s education ought to be a required, year-long (at least) course in high school – sadly, it is not. Parents don’t often take an active role in teaching, either. This kid’s just another statistic.

Atticus Thraxx March 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Tough month for teens.

Me March 6, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Rest in peace. My love and condolences to the family. I wish I could take all of their pain away…

ConcordDad March 6, 2014 at 10:52 PM

This is a truly sad story. I know the family of this young man. His mother died last year and now the son. My heart goes out to this man that lost his wife and now his son only a year later.

anon March 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

yes, tough month. and then grad. parties are coming up soon. earlier post said make it a teaching moment. this made me think how madd got started. in this county at least it would be nice to hear nobody died in a car accident, especially due to dui or being distracted while driving.
almost got rearended sat. on clayton rd as a car full of youth was speeding toward the intersection and didnt notice the light was and had been red and cars were sitting there. came 2 inches from being hit. the driver slammed on the brakes went up on the curb and the car turned sideways, ended up in the 2nd lane between two cars. there had to be an angel behind this as how on earth did the car end up sideways, it didnt hit the car in front and it appeared from my view that it didnt touch the car behind either.

Marissa March 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

RIP condolences to the family,

anon March 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

So there was a crash in Lafayette that involved a kid from Danville. What’s this got to do with Claycord?

Anon March 7, 2014 at 2:38 AM

“Maybe this will be a wakeup call for his fellow students at his high school. ”

No chance– these are entitled Danville kids who are handed cars so Mommie does not have to deal with them. You will see more of this. It is totally preventable.

Brenda March 7, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Thank you, Claycord for keeping us informed.

Stevo March 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Anon, your comments and questions are rhetorical at best and actually not needed. It has to do with Kids. Who cares where he was from? And he was not texting as there was no phone in the car. He did not have one. It was a kid being a kid and kids make stupid mistakes. This was his last. I know him and the family well. Teaching moments have been going on for years. It is a greiving moment for now. The kid had issues. A “normal” 17 year old does not drive an Izusu in excess of 100 MPH, racing another car when he belongs in school. Let’s not be Coroners and Investigators and let’s find a good side to this to teach our kids what is right from wrong and let us embrace our kids.

Todd A March 7, 2014 at 7:07 AM

I find it interesting that whenever we hear about one of these accidents there are ‘friends’ who post comments about them being such a good person, how we don’t know the facts and not to judge them, etc etc…..

I lost two friends in an accident very similar to this back when I was 17 yrs old. They were good kids also, but made dumb mistakes…. but I didn’t defend them (by the way: saying ‘it was just a kid being a kid’ is a totally ingorant remark) I did and still do think they were stupid and driving recklessly and that was what ultimately took their lives. It was a dumb mistake. When I was young I knew that driving that way could be dangerous and deadly, and even then I was a slow driver and very cautious. Plus my Dad said he had friends all over town and if he heard from one of them that I was driving crazy that my car would be gone….. and I believed him!

Hopefully this will make other kids realize that driving like you are in the movie ‘The Fast and The Furious’ flying around in your little acuras and hondas….can often end like this!

JET March 7, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Anyone have the name of this kid? Hopefully I don’t know him….so sorry for the family and friends….. RIP

Silva March 7, 2014 at 7:46 AM

When I attended school at CVHS in order to get a learner’s permit at age 15″ Drivers Education was a REQUIREMENT, it was a semester class, and was provided as part of the curriculum, but that seems to have gone the way of the dinosaurs. I still lost schoolmates due to kids feeling invincible though. My heartfelt sympathy to this young man’s family.

Tom P March 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Good. Drive like a maniac, endangering others, and you die in a blaze of glory. One less jerk on the road.

iwasthere March 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM

#28, you are a cold hearted bastard

iwasthere March 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

sorry, I meant #30, not 28. #30 needs to stay off this site, because he/she has absolutely nothing to worthwhile to add

Tom P. = troll March 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I hope you never have to endure the pain of losing a child.

jb March 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Loosing a young man in a horrible crash is what we should be thinking
about today…not the dumbness of #30 remarks.

My prayers go out to the family…another nice person is lost…but with the dear lord now…may he rest in peace.

Stevo March 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Todd and Anon,

You guys have no idea what you are even talking about. Anon ( AKA Mr. Know it all) he was going to some school in WC for kids that were screwed up. His parents were divorced and he was a rebel. He had a good heart and did not deserve to die. It is wake up call for everyone. Not just in his HS or any other High School. “Mommy” (mis-seplled by you Anon) works 2 jobs and is a single Mom. Let’s not profile people in Danville as other don’t from where ever you are from. Anon it is not totally preventable unless you want to drive your kids to school every day. Stay Anon and hide behind your name.

Todd, He was a good person. He had a good heart. He was messed up. Hearing this news does not surprise me. Some kid picking up a cell phone off train tracks with a Locomotive heading full steam at her is flat out stupid. It is a phone. Get a new one. I am not defending anyone. Anyone that drives 100MPH is putting their life and others in peril. It is a terrible. They kid had no right to die. I feel worse for his family than I do for him. I guess kids in Danville drive “everyday” cars like most of us do and not are entitled. You both have missed the point, don’t know the person and don’t know the cicumstances. Anon/Einstein thought he was on the phone going 100MPH, racing a mustang and moving in and out of traffic. If you don’t know the facts it is best to reserve comments. Bottom line it is a sad thing to happen and my son went stone cold last night when he heard the news and he has been driving less than a month. You also don’t know the history of the family. Even the Snobs in Danville die I guess.

Schadenfreude March 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

You know what I hate. I hate it when I’m driving to or from work doing 60, or 70, obeying the laws more or less, and some lunatic comes flying up behind me, then changes lanes to pass me at the very last second. If they accidentally hit the rear corner of my car, I am totally screwed. But if you want to drive 20-30 mph faster than the flow of traffic, weaving in and out of lanes is what you have to do. I hate people that do that because they are putting my life at risk. If I pointed a mostly unloaded revolver at you, fellow Claycordian reader, and pulled the trigger, you would probably kick my ass, assuming you didn’t get shot. Well, that’s exactly what our 17 year old friend did to everyone on 24 yesterday. Accept his gun backfired, and he ate a tree. If I had been there, I think I would have laughed. If that makes me a monster, then a monster I am. But this guy showed reckless disregard for your life. I don’t care that he lost his.

iwasthere March 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Tom P, Good? Good that someone died? WTF? Like I said about #30, stay off the site.

Adam N March 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Funny how things change over time. when I was in high school if you drove a Isuzu to school you would have been laughed right outta there! LOL…. back in my day real ‘muscle cars’ were the ones that raced (Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes)….. sad to think that these kids see these little rice rockets as anything more than a commuter car – they weren’t built to sustain 100+ mph speeds. Sadly these things happen all the time to every generation…. I definitely wasn’t an angel when I was 17, but I had a healthy respect for safety and the risks of driving a vehicle like a maniac were not worth it to me.

Love USA March 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Poor kid. I am so very sorry for him and his parents and all who knew him.
If anything good comes out of this terrible event hopefully others will see how driving too fast is really serious and can go terribly wrong. When I was his age we did have drivers education as a requirement in school but still we had many young folks who made this same mistake driving way too fast. So very sorry again and I will keep praying for comfort for the loved ones. Yes and #30 why would you say that? It has everything to do with Claycord. What if his parents read your comment? It is like that does not matter because it did not happen in Concord or Clayton. Claycord covers the entire bay area at times. Get with it.

Mimi (original) March 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Too many teens dying in Claycord and the surrounding areas! Teens are difficult to live with and suffer socially in their own lives, but please, please remember that this time WILL pass and you’ll come out on “the other side” a more competent human being. I hope his friends can learn from his mistage. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Tami March 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Sending condolences and prayers to his family and friends. Also to the first responders. I know first hand the devastation that follows for years to come. Your comments don’t help the family, they hurt. Please think before you post, the family is innocent, they don’t need to be told how stupid their child was, he may be a statistic to YOU, but he is loved and someone’s child, their nightmare has just begun…

anon March 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM


Driving like a maniac? Maybe. Or maybe his accelerator malfunctioned. The fact is that you do not know either way, so have some tact.

Toni March 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I am convinced that the internet has given way to the most base people who make flippant, awful and unfeeling comments because they can be faceless and anonymous via their computers. Have you no soul, those of you who have left utterly ruthless comments? This young man was 17! I didn’t know him, but I’m certain that his family and friends are in shock, and in excruciating pain. Their lives will never be the same.

Have some compassion and some mercy. What if this was your son, or family member? I know your comeback already–“Well, if it was MY son, he wouldn’t have been driving that fast. We’ve taught him better.”

Please, just be quiet.

#30: claycord is a private blog March 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

#30: The Mayor of Claycord has the right to write about whatever topic he chooses. It’s his private blog. It does, though, pertain to the people who live in ‘Claycord.’ Two people in my Claycord office live close to where the accident was, and passed it around lunchtime and were wondering what happened. My husband and his officemates who work in Claycord passed it on their lunchtime and were quite affected by the sight of it and their concern over what could have occurred. It is something that did touch many Claycordians. If you don’t want to read about it, move on to the next article or a different website.

Anon March 7, 2014 at 11:11 AM

“And he was not texting as there was no phone in the car.”

A kid from Danville wilt a fast car & no cell — sure ..that works for me
He died a criminal–100 MPH in traffic-luck he did not kill another person

“Or maybe his accelerator malfunctioned.”
you can turn the key off & coast to the side of the road–do NOT make excuses for someone weaving in & out at that speed –if I was there I would testify against him or give info to the CHP

Schadenfreude – 100% on the money

Live hard, play fast–die young

Todd A March 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Stevo said:
“You also don’t know the history of the family”

Correct. And how does this have anything to do with the fact that this kid was endangering his life and others by driving recklessly? Having a bad family situation doesn’t give anyone an ‘excuse’ to drive like that… I can’t believe you would even say something like that, to defend this kid and use his family as an excuse for his reckless behavior?

Let me be very clear in that I am extremely sympathetic to the family and friends of this kid and their loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them now…. As mentioned earlier, I lost two of my best friends at that age, it is something that no kid should ever have to hear – that your best friend died. Nearly killed me at the time, i was beyond devastated. But to say he was a ‘troubled youth with problems’ doesn’t make it okay.

Tom P March 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

@anon 49. Accelerator malfunction? You must be kidding. As for tact? Why don’t you tell me what tact is in your world.

@iwasthere. Yes, I said good. You have a problem with that? Go ahead, explain your problem. I don’t have to stay off the site because you don’t like what I say. If I don’t like what you say, I’ll ignore your comments or maybe argue with you, but not silence your opinion.

Deal with it March 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

“I am convinced that the internet has given way to the most base people who make flippant, awful and unfeeling comments because they can be faceless and anonymous via their computers.”

Its called a blog — deal with it
You don’t agree with everyone ?
Then don’t read it all

Gary March 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

No excuses, please.

Clayton Pete March 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I just read a report that said this kid was not only speeding but weaving in and out of lanes.
So, he was *this* close to being a murderer of some innocent person driving nearby.
This was not a good kid.
This was not a mistake.
This in not someone deserving of “compassion or mercy”.
Tragedy is when someone driving along, obeying the law, is hit and killed by someone like this kid. Tragedy is NOT this kid killing himself through his suicidal/murderous actions.
Save the prayers and sympathy for the good, law-abiding innocents who suffer at the hands of evil, not for the evil-doers.

lisa March 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I knew this boy, I was just talking to him on Tues night and thinking what a kind heart he has. The bottom line is that any of our lives are in danger when we drive a car. Most of us take that for granted. Hug the ones close to you and tell them that you love them everyday.
The only consoling thing I can say is that he is with his mother now. She passed away last year from cancer. If the father is reading this- my heart is sad and heavy for your loss, many are thinking of you right now.

iwasthere March 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Yeah, Tom P, I do have a problem with that. What if it was your kid, doing something stupid, and I said I wished he was dead? You might be a little pissed off. I think it would be better to say, that you wished the parents had another opportunity, another day, another moment, where they could try to explain the dangers of driving recklessly. To wish him dead is just stupid. It’s fortunate that no one else was hurt, but for gods sake, don’t be heartless. Enough said, for my part.

lisa March 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I have gone back and read some of the posts.

We all are human, we all make mistakes, we were all stupid teenagers at one time. Fortunately we lived. Save your judgment for yourself. This is not the time to say these horrible, mean things. Hopefully we learn from our mistakes, but this young man cannot. Think about that, think hard and remove the anger and bitterness from what you say. Be great full for every second of life you have to live.

Happy Friday! March 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

The level of compassion………

I think I will handle this by giving back to the community.

Schadenfreude March 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Dear Toni (#50),

It seems every time something like this happens, people get on the comments of Claycord and say “How would you feel if this were your son/daughter/mother/brother…”. All I can say is, if I had a loved one killed in a newsworthy manner, the last thing I would ever do is get on the comments section of my local news blog to see what all the idiots are saying. You want compassion and tact? This is not the place. This is the place for people to say whatever they want. And not all of it is going to be what you (and especially the aggrieved) may want to hear. So if you don’t like it, just don’t read it.


Scare them March 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I grew up in Idaho and kids do extremely stupid things there because there is nothing else to do. Drinking is one of the only past times. With that being said, right before graduation we all attended “Sober Graduation”. As a senior we thought it was going to be lame and them telling us not to drink and drive but it was one of the most eye opening expierences I ever had. It was a live action performance of a car wreak; it began right after the crash. Blood everywhere, windshields broken, flipped over, jaws of life and a helicopter and we got to watch how the rescuers got in there. After it was all over we were all sick to our stomaches and I have never drank and drove because of this. I wish they had more of these kind of lessons. It was kind of like this one: More kids need to be scared straight, may not involve alcohol but just speeding. It’s so tragic.

JET March 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

#63 Scare Them:

We already have a program like that here in CA and have for many years, its called ‘Every 30 Seconds’ (i think?)

Jess March 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Scare Them @#15,

That kind of program is regularly performed in our local high schools. It’s called “Every 15 Minutes”.

My deepest sympathies to the boy’s family and friends.

Anon 0808 March 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

“I knew this boy, I was just talking to him on Tues night and thinking what a kind heart he has.”
Means nothing does it

“We all are human, we all make mistakes, we were all stupid teenagers at one time.”
Speak for yourself – I wanted a responsible job with a security clearance & got it

“That kind of program is regularly performed in our local high schools. It’s called “Every 15 Minutes”.’
Kids laugh at it

“I grew up in Idaho and kids do extremely stupid things there because there is nothing else to do.’
Good excuse– I am sure all the kids in that state were like you..NOT – some cared abouyt their background when it came to getting a real job

Scare them March 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

@ Anon 0808 #66

I am very successful and did care about my future but when you are hanging with friends you aren’t thinking about that 100% of the time and I wasn’t a big drinker but it’s just what you do. Many of the kids that were in my class haven’t even left the state because it’s just what happens it’s a trap. I wasn’t lumping everyone into a bucket I was just stating that is very little to do, especially where I lived…….it was just a farming community with a population of like 10,000.

Rick March 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

…….as long as they take themselves out and no innocents. I’m fine with that.

Rick March 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Rightfreakingon, #43.

anonanonagain March 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

@ Lisa #60, We all are human, we all make mistakes, we were all stupid teenagers at one time. Fortunately we lived. Save your judgment for yourself. This is not the time to say these horrible, mean things. Hopefully we learn from our mistakes, but this young man cannot. Think about that, think hard and remove the anger and bitterness from what you say. Be great full for every second of life you have to live

It’s easy for some to say cruel and heartless things when they just look at this kid as a faceless young man who they don’t know. How sad that this young man lost his mother the year before to cancer. Who knows why he was being so reckless?? I agree with you. We should be grateful for our wisdom and our years of being on this planet. The fact that we survived our youth and can live to tell about it is precious in itself.
If they want to be spit venom, let them. Their poison is carried in their carcass/vessel and only corrodes itself…..

Cowellian March 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I am a fan of “Every 15 Minutes”. We saw a change in behavior in our son after he was one of the living dead.

I understand the anguish of the parents, but this is not the guest book at the boy’s memorial. This is a site where people talk about events of concern to Claycord, and this wreck, however tragic, qualifies as discussion-worthy.

Rest in Peace.

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