Pedestrian on I-680 Struck, Badly Injured by Vehicle

May 9, 2014 12:11 pm · 27 comments

A pedestrian was struck and injured by a car while clearing debris from lanes of Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek, according to the CHP.

The collision just before noon after a man reportedly attempted to clear a tarp from northbound lanes of I-680 near the Ygnacio Valley Road exit, according to the CHP.

As the man went into lanes of traffic to retrieve the tarp, a Ford F-250 truck pulling a utility trailer struck him, the CHP is reporting.

He was taken to a hospital with major injuries, CHP Officer Ron Simmons said.

The driver involved in the collision remained at the scene.

All but one lane along the roadway was blocked as of 12:20 p.m. but lanes were expected to reopen by 12:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

Brian May 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I mean..common sense…

Justin May 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

That’s sad. Sounds like he was trying to keep other driver’s safe by getting that stuff out of the road.

Hope he recovers.

Turds May 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Stupid damn drivers…should watch where they are driving cant even see a pedestrian crossing or working on the road. Learn to use your damn brakes, fools!!!

The Grant May 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

2 years ago on highway 24 a painters’ tarp was kicked up by the vehicle in front of me, sheered off my driver-side mirror hit the windshield of the car behind me (we were all going approx. 80 in the fast lane). Point being, debris on the road can be deadly

Cat Wrangler May 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

How very sad. He is in our prayers.

NotGood May 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Hope this person makes a full recovery and will be as good as new. Very sad.

PO'd May 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Is it just me, or is there a lot more debris in the road than in the past? I’ve replaced 3 tires in the last year alone because of hitting something in the road.
I hope this guy makes a full recovery-probably better to let CHP handle it in the future.

JET May 9, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Prayers for the injured man as well as the person who hit them accidentally….. I can’t imagine how tough that would be.

UnsecuredLoad May 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Unsecured loads can be deadly. Sounds like this poor man was trying to do the right thing. I really do hope he recovers fully.

There is alot of junk on the road. People do not secure their loads well. This junk is a hazard. My brother-in-law’s grandmother was killed by an unsecured load. An outdoor playset that was unsecured on the back of a pick up truck, flew onto the road into the car and killed her. It was horrible for the family. All avoidable too.

ANON May 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

“(we were all going approx. 80 in the fast lane).”

You are an idiot

“He was just trying to help”

Let the professionals do it

me May 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM

may have been his tarp?

@ANON 11 May 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Wow, how cold-hearted and judgmental can a person get? You get the prize.

Rob May 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Horrible that he was hit but… leave the clearing of debris to the authorities who can run a traffic break so it can be done more safely..

@4 May 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Bunch of dummies. Where’s the CHP when you need them?

Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Assuming it was his tarp, he was in a no-win situation. By retrieving the tarp, he put himself at risk. By leaving it, he could be responsible for something happening to someone else.

Jerk May 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Most people take their chances that NOBODY saw & recorded their license plate. This guy was assuming someone did just that and now has paid the price. Should have just left it.
Actually, Should have secured it Correct to begin with.

Aspirin May 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM

NEVER put your life at risk for something like that. Drivers should be alert for road hazards and accidents do happen. You don’t need to be a hero.

ANON May 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

“Actually, Should have secured it Correct to begin with.”

its the law–deal with the reality of it all

@ANON 11 – you can’t handle the truth

Dear Mayor May 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

We keep hearing about injured people. but we never hear if they survive and make a full recovery. Anyway to update later on their condition.? It’s taking a toll hearing all these gruesome stories and not knowing how they are.

Fig Newton May 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Call 911,,let CHP deal with it,,they have lights ,and flares to divert traffic,,this guy will be in alot of pain over this tarp!

Walnut Creek Resident May 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Bless this man for trying to help. Please please pray for him, and pray he will
recover. Yes we can see this was not a wise decision, but why not think this man was just trying to help out. Just pray for him. Please, stay away from your mean comments.

Me May 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

My prayers go out to this man, his family, and the driver who hit him.

ANON May 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Story and Update on this person.(Thanks for everyone’s concern)
He was trying to be helpful in stop and go traffic to move this (Really, Really bad idea) He was clipped by truck, fell and leg was hit by trailer. Surgery on leg, hopefully makes full recovery.

me May 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Is there an update on this story?

me May 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Oopsie, just saw that!!! Yaaay!!! Now stay off the dang freeway!!!

Subterfuge May 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

What a stupid idiot. You call the CHP and let them run a traffic brake. How thoughtless, and careless. Feel sorry for the guy driving the truck.

Officer Barbrady May 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The CHP would use a minimum of two cars , one to run a traffic break and one to remove the debris. For an individual to try to do this is ungood. Calling 911 and reporting a lane blocked by debris is a high priority call for CHP.

Bottom line -call it in

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