UPDATE: Vehicle -vs- Pedestrian Collision on Clayton Rd. in Concord

August 23, 2014 22:02 pm · 33 comments

A vehicle -vs- pedestrian collision has been reported on Clayton Rd., near KFC in Concord.

The condition of the pedestrian is currently unknown, but injuries have been reported.

Traffic is being diverted on eastbound Clayton Rd. at Thornwood Dr. (near McDonald’s).

UPDATE, 10:05pm: The pedestrian has major injuries.

Jonathan August 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I heard it. I was standing in IHOP parking lot

momopco August 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

How sad. I can hear all the sirens. People are constantly running across the street… Drivers drive too fast… I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

Tango hotel August 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Right in front of the hotel actually. Someone running across the street from the 7-11.

Was coming home August 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

My mom and I were on our way home from doing laundry right after it happened. We didn’t see him get hit but we almost ran over him. He was laying in the middle of the road. We stayed in front of him with our blinkers on until the cops came. They told us to leave after that. He looked in really bad shape. His limbs looked pretty bent out of shape.

Menegene August 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Just saw ambulance leave code3. To another call looked like.

Coggins Square August 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I’m not surprised. Pedestrians are always running across Clayton either against don’t walk signs or where there is no intersection, and many people ignore the speed limit as well. We all need to learn to be more responsible and safe.

AAA Sean August 23, 2014 at 10:41 PM

The guys in real bad shape. I drove right past him on the way down Clayton Road and a minute later the police car passed me with an older couple in the back seat I assume they were being questioned there was no movement that I could see at all.

anon August 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

that’s homeless territory, wonder if it was one of them.

Craig Cannon August 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Just Monitoring Another Ped Hit in West Contra Costa. 26 Year Female Through the Windshield Per Fire. She will be Flown to a Trauma Center. Our Clayton Rd Accident Sounds Very Very Bad. Can’t we Remind Those who would Listen, Cars Don’t Always Stop at Crossings. You will be Hurt, or Die if you Jaywalk. We don’t know in This Case until The Police Release, but seems like I’ve Photographed Many-Here. Very Sad. Everyone Deserves Life. Everyone.

VikingPrincess August 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Busy night

anoni August 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Hope Concord can find the cross walk to remove to make sure this doesn’t happen again! Pedestrians should pick one side of Clayton Rd. or the other downtown and stick to it! Cars can’t care about you people! Pick a side and stay alive! Vote incumbent!

tango hotel August 24, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Anoni – where this happened tonight there is no crosswalk. People are always running across Clayton Rd. from the hotel over to 7-11. The closest crosswalk is near McDonalds. I just got out of my car at Nation’s when I heard sceeching tires and a thud. I thouht it was vehicle to vehicle, but as we got close to the door, we saw the guy laying facedown in the street.

Anon August 24, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Let us hope this serves as a sad reminder to those who jay walk. You will get hit and you’ll be lucky to survive it, so don’t jay walk. Whatever your urgency is, it can wait.

Ed August 24, 2014 at 2:20 AM

One of the problems at night, right there, is the lighting. It is really dark and you cannot see the jay walkers until it is too late. The city neds to put better lighting here.

: ) August 24, 2014 at 3:35 AM

@9 is that a specific text setting or do you capitalize certain words for effect?

Winn August 24, 2014 at 4:59 AM

If people would stop crossing a busy road not in the crosswalk these types of accidents wouldn’t happen as often.

KJ August 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

@16 – It sure would help to have more crosswalks on Clayton Road. Having to walk half a mile out of your way, when the shop you want to get to is just across the street, makes it really tempting to jaywalk (especially on a hot day).

Shiloh August 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM

@15 You mean ALL words?! What is the deal with that

Anon August 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM


That is a good point, however if you have ever driven on Clayton Road it is a fast moving road. Unless the city wants to add stop lights, putting cross walks up will likely only create traffic accidents. As crazy as it sounds maybe overpasses like in WC might work. Of course they would likely turn into places were crime would take place, so it probably wouldn’t be a good idea.

Antler August 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

anoni at #11….. Your well-directed sarcasm is noted! I agree that there does need to be a greater number of crosswalks across Clayton Road…..complete with pedestrian-activated RED blinking lights to stop vehicular traffic.

But be aware that in the past, some of the vagrants who move around in that particular area ( 7-11 over Clayton Road to access the park/creek/section-8 areas they frequent) are known to have pulled either the “let’s get just a little bit hurt” routine… or else the “suicide by a stranger’s car-smashing” routine. Usually it happens at night, when a driver cannot discern in advance that a person is preparing to step off from the landscaped center divide directly into the side of ..or in front of…their vehicle.

One interim solution would be to prune all plants in the center divide in such a way that vegetation does not give a partial hiding place for such jaywalkers.

Hope the CPD gives Mayor an update soon.

jj August 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Any intersection between two roads/streets has crosswalks, they may not be marked but they exist and cars have to stop if a pedestrian steps off the curb. Drivers need to slow down. If the person was hit by the 7-11 across the street from McDonalds there probably is a crosswalk there due to the intersection of Clayton Rd and Wharton Drive.

John Pope August 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

“KFC” is not a landmark or reference point. Some of us wouldn’t go near one of those artery clogging dumps. Better reporting would give a cross street.

jj August 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Since you can turn from Clayton to Wharton and vice a versa it is an intersection. Read the uniform vehicle code

mike August 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM

so what happen to the man? did he live? updates please

Tara Firma August 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

@jj- the ped only has the right of way in a marked crosswalk. I don’t think we have invisible crosswalks. If it’s not clearly marked, it is not a true crosswalk.

Cowellian August 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Tara Firma@26,
In California, crosswalks don’t have to be marked. Pedestrians have the right-of-way even in the invisible crosswalks.

former concord resident August 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Clayton rd is a RACE TRACK people need to pay attention and drive….forget the CELL PHONE and drive. He or she was in the WRONG cross walk 100 ft away .lazy and careless he paid the price..so hopefully he will live. one thing for sure he will not cross there again. The world has gotten out of control. And these mobil apps and phones are a contributing factor in accidents and deaths…. I wish we still had pay phones at least we were not so distracted while driving…… hope dude gets better…..he, s lucky to be here with us still…..


Joking of Course August 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

They just need to post a sign for drivers “Warning Pedestrian Crossing next 2 miles” like they do with deer so we can be on lookout.

Antler August 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Cowellian is CORRECT (as always). And he is also FIRST EMERITUS. (And I am not typing that in “sarcastic font”. I am typing it in “true font”.)

Meakahorse August 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Pedestrians always have the right away whether marked or not. Who hit the pedestrian? Hope they are going to be okay.

Meakahorse August 25, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Do updates come to email address. Anyone know?

Meakahorse August 26, 2014 at 5:41 AM

Anyone know what injurys were. What happened to person that hit pedesterian. Gosh hope all is ok. Horrible thing to happen

Meakahorse August 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Any updates with new information?

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