Concord Motorcyclist Killed In Collision With Car, Truck – One Vehicle Left The Scene

July 21, 2019 7:47 am · 56 comments

Concord police say a motorcyclist was killed in a collision near Concord Boulevard and Lodato Way early Sunday morning.

Police say the motorcyclist, whose identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin, tried to pass a Toyota Prius on eastbound Concord Boulevard and collided with the car about 12:24 a.m.

The rider was ejected and landed in the westbound lane of the street, where he was run over by a dark-colored pickup truck.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are trying to identify and locate the pickup truck driver who left the scene. The Prius driver stopped and cooperated with investigators, police said.

Anyone who many have witnessed the collision or have information about the case is asked to contact police at (925) 671-5880.

photo credit: Craig Cannon

concord ygnacio July 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM

So many of these fatal accidents and hit and runs occur between midnight and 4 AM, especially on weekends. Now I know why my insurance company deducted points if you drove between midnight and 4 AM if you used their “Snapshot” monitoring system for a discount.

Also, the truck driver was obviously not a fault, so why on earth would he flee?

Anon July 21, 2019 at 10:19 AM

He could have borderline had too much to drink.

Mike Cody July 21, 2019 at 5:38 PM

when someone has no license or had something to drink,either way,they will be in trouble so they aren’t sticking around .It’s wrong but reality.

Eric July 21, 2019 at 6:46 PM

Possible they didn’t realize they hit a human as well. I’ve hit something and had to stop to make sure it wasn’t anything serious only to find out I hit a cart board box, or a small branch.

Julie July 21, 2019 at 9:32 AM

Thank you to all the neighbors who shared with the police, the images their home security camera’s picked up. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

TraumaRx July 21, 2019 at 9:36 AM

Splitting traffic is dangerous and should be illegal like other states.

Stupid Should Hurt July 21, 2019 at 10:22 AM

Where in this story does it say ANYTHING about the rider splitting lanes?
Oh, and he probably wasn’t wearing a seatbelt either.

Mike Cody July 21, 2019 at 6:54 PM

Where the crash happened,it’s single lanes each way,and he was passing.
Splitting lanes is one advantage of bike riding,drivers with poor comprehension are a disadvantage.Car drivers don’t need to be careful…

Julie July 21, 2019 at 10:12 AM

There was a show at the Pavillion. Maybe the truck driver had attended the show and thought he or she was okay to drive home but was intoxicated and panicked.

Bill July 21, 2019 at 10:29 AM

He wasn’t “splitting” he was passing using the oncoming lane and was hit due to his impatience and poor decision making.

Robert Taylor July 21, 2019 at 11:16 AM

It sounds like the rider of the motorcycle may have been at fault!

Fig Newton July 21, 2019 at 11:32 AM

Sad Story , I hate hearing these stories!

Mike July 21, 2019 at 11:44 AM

Folk, please buy good dash cameras! They may one day save a life.

Atticus Thraxx July 21, 2019 at 2:58 PM

I was wondering that too and stopped to inquire my ownself.

John P July 21, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Does “run over” mean the victim went under the tires of the truck or did they mean to say he was struck by the truck body? Running over a human body is not something you pass off as a slight bump in the road. I’ve run over squirrels and I felt the crunch. (I had no time to stop or steer away – the dumb things really do like to play chicken.) I have to believe you will definitely feel something major if you run over an adult human. I’d be curious if I did it and would stop to see what had happened. I can see where someone might “fled the scene” if they were illegally in the US or driving while intoxicated. The truck driver may have caused the guy’s death, so could be liable for manslaughter (or murder – this DA seems to believe in that charge). The autopsy should be able to pinpoint the cause of death.

Anon July 21, 2019 at 12:19 PM

Unsafe passing is what caused the guys death. Come on now!

John P July 21, 2019 at 9:03 PM

Visited the scene on Maps and see there’s a double yellow line so the biker tried to pass illegally. That still does not exonerate (big word means excuse) the driver of the truck for fleeing the scene. He or she is still facing charges for that. Will see what the police report states, and what the DA decides, should the video help the PD apprehend (another big word meaning catch) the truck driver.

L July 21, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Just a thought ….as motorcycle went to pass the pruis, the driver slowed (natural response) and motorcycle clipped the car when he went to pass. No excuse for the truck to flee the scene.
Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Julie July 21, 2019 at 1:17 PM

The motorcycle came upon the Prius and started to legally pass on the left at which time he struck the back left rear of the prius and went down sliding into on coming traffic. The driver of the truck upon hitting the motorcyclist did achieve air.

Bob Foo July 21, 2019 at 1:47 PM

Yeah, except “legally passing” doesn’t mean getting so close to the other driver that you even run the risk of clipping them.

Sounds like the biker was being a jerk. Riders like that make the rest of us bikers look bad.

Robert Taylor July 23, 2019 at 10:29 AM

That would be illegaly passing! Even if the rider could pass legally, it is illegal to pass if the other car is doing the speed limit. The motorcyclist made a fatal error!

Noj July 21, 2019 at 1:18 PM


And the wheel of life keeps turning. We had a rule for the boys in our house: no BB guns and no motorcycles. There’s a reason.

On a side note: can we please share our thanks to Craig Cannon for his much appreciated and on-the-spot photography and reporting? He’s been at this a long time around here. A long time…and has pretty much seen it all. Craig Cannon is always giving and never asking. Thank you Sir.

Sandy G. July 21, 2019 at 1:21 PM

Not all Prius drivers drive that way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been cut off or not allowed to merge, just because nobody wants to be behind the Prius. My driving habits have not changed since I got my Prius. I’m sick of being treated rudely by other drivers, because I like getting better mileage

ZZ July 21, 2019 at 2:40 PM

What a horrible accident. So very, very sad. Prayers to (his) family and friends. God Bless.

Jayme July 21, 2019 at 3:08 PM

Why does it seem like everyone on here is blaming the VICTIM aka the motorcyclist. The truck fled the scene after running over the person. Even if the guy was “dead” before does not give the right to flee. I know darn well he felt himself run over the guy (I know what it feels like to run over an animal) In other words, him not stopping to communicate with the cops shows something was going on (drunk, etc.) this is my opinion after hearing about it on the news .

Jessica July 22, 2019 at 9:27 AM

I’m not for victim blaming either, but I live on that road and motorists (ESPECIALLY motorcyclists) who drive that stretch of Concord Blvd are rude and take risks because 20 mph over the speed limit still isn’t fast enough for them. I often make a left turn onto my property and have had a motorcyclist pass ON MY LEFT more than once, signal flashing and everything. They make extremely dangerous decisions and getting run-over by oncoming traffic because they couldn’t wait a few more second to hit the light on Kirker Pass is ENTIRELY their fault.

Robert Taylor July 23, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Jayme, I agree! There are so many young motorcyclists out there who do stupid things everyday. They ride super fast on surface streets with no regard whatsoever for their own safety or the safety of others. There are so many of these new and inexperienced riders that are killed and seriously injured everyday because of their irresponsible acts! They do not have the experience to know how to react in an emergency situation and the speed at which some of them travel do not give them time to react properly in an emergency! It is very sad when someone is killed because of a bad decision!

Pale Rider July 21, 2019 at 4:14 PM

Why is the truck driver automatically a Male?

Mike Cody July 21, 2019 at 6:59 PM

Maybe the motorcyclist was female?Would make the accident more understandable….oops… here it comes…..

WhoDat Gurl July 21, 2019 at 4:59 PM

My prayers and condolences to the family of the motorcyclist. It’s just not wise to drive after midnight, for almost everyone is either tired or inebriated or both (or other impairments). RIP to the motorcyclist. It may be a while before we all know the full story. How about respecting the fact that a person died and the driver of the Prius is probably also very impacted by this event. A little kindness goes a long way folks.

PS I grew up shooting BB guns at beer cans in the woods and I am perfectly safe. It’s those who don’t understand how to handle a gun that is unsafe. #2A

Jessica July 21, 2019 at 5:16 PM

@Sandy G
My boyfriend drives a Prius and everything you said about people not wanting to be behind a Prius is true. He’s had people drive up to his bumper, go around him, and post up right in front of him, all because he was driving 70 on 680. So bizarre.

FBR July 21, 2019 at 8:29 PM

Hopefully, it was the biker who needlessly revs his bike while passing down our street at all hours of the morning.

George July 22, 2019 at 6:27 AM

Shame on you. A man person just died.

Walnut ave July 22, 2019 at 7:06 PM

FBR.. Farm bureau road?

Athletics July 21, 2019 at 9:32 PM

This is a really really sad story. It does confuse me how the motorcycle hit the rear of the Prius. It sounds like the Prius may have swerved or raked hard to cause the motorcycle to hit them. I really hope they find the truck driver. This is so sad. May he rest in peace and prayers to his family.

Mike Cody July 22, 2019 at 4:47 AM

What I think happened,from years of riding,is the driver sped up because they were one of those people that is offended if you pass them so they arent going to let it happen.Speeding up when someone is trying to pass can get someone killed.Passing a car is usually pretty easy unless the car is fighting you.They should examine the car again and re interview the car driver.He probably had to swerve as the truck got closer and the car would not let him back in.There are drivers that would rather see you go down than overtake them on the road.

Anon July 22, 2019 at 1:11 PM

No way. By the time the Prius driver reacted to the motorcycle passing, the Prius wouldn’t have been able to respond.
People underestimate the power and throttle response of these bikes (I have a friend with a ZX-14 & ZX-10).
Rider gave it too much throttle and was way too close to the Prius.
Watch the video.

Michael July 21, 2019 at 11:48 PM

Some very bizarre comments posted here.

A poor reflection on our society. Someone died, and all people can do is yap about Pruus drivers or tell everyone how its not illegal to leave the scene of an accident.

Mike Cody July 22, 2019 at 4:39 AM

It’s par for the course here,and in no way a reflection on society.
First time?

Joatmeal July 22, 2019 at 11:09 AM

It’s par for the course and is absolutely a reflection of our community. People use every thread to promote their personal agenda regardless of how inappropriate. Doesn’t matter if it’s their hatred towards democrats or the fact that they shot BB guns in their youth, whatever that has to do with anything.

Michael Campbell July 22, 2019 at 7:33 AM

It’s remarkable that people will go on the internet and boast about being terrible vehicle operators. That’s just awesome that you got an animal with your car and didn’t know it. Maybe next time you can get a kid caught in your suspension.

Bri July 22, 2019 at 8:10 AM

I live 100 feet from where the accident happened. I will never get the sounds I heard and saw out of my head. I’ve been here for 40 yrs and people drive down this part of Concord Blvd like it’s a freeway. (I live where the lanes merge).
This is not a matter of whose fault it is or not. Someone Died! It’s sad and traggic. A horrible accident happened, but what you DON’T do is leave the scene! Its despicable, in my eye.
If anyone knows anything or maybe saw something they should contact the Concord PD.
My condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss.

Nutcreek Frontier July 22, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Bri, well said. Terrible for all the families. I pray for healing for the trauma that was inflicted on everyone, including you.

Kirsti July 23, 2019 at 8:03 PM

Bri, I’m pretty sure I live right near you, as I also live right where the lanes merge. Going eastbound on Concord Blvd, I have to make a left into my driveway. In the 38 years we have lived here, I am still shocked that I have never been hit from behind, as people don’t slow down even with a turn signal on. In some cases, they speed up and just barely make it when swerving around my car. It’s awful.

My thoughts are with the family of the deceased, the driver of the Prius, and the first responders always. What a horrible accident.

Dr. Jellyfinger July 22, 2019 at 10:20 AM

Look at the video of the accident and then I think you can all agree on the cause.

Dr. Jellyfinger July 22, 2019 at 4:22 PM

@CWC ~ Let me guess…you’re one of those baseball umpires that works at the replay office in New York, right?

Gittyup July 23, 2019 at 9:19 PM

It is pretty clear from the video what happened. Condolences to the motorcyclist’s family, and sympathy for all involved.

chuckie the troll July 22, 2019 at 11:11 AM

“Legally passing another vehicle” requires that it can be and is accomplished in a safe manner. This would include checking for oncoming traffic. At night you’d have a good clue…oncoming headlights.

It will take investigators awhile to determine the BAC of the motorcyclist, locate the truck which left the scene, and reconstruct what actually took place.

I will say that I see a lot of cars and motorcycles driving too fast, too aggressively, failing to stay within their lane, distracted, making multiple lane changes at the last second, etc…These selfish “road warriors” put everyone else at risk.

Dr. Jellyfinger July 22, 2019 at 6:26 PM

The video shows the bike going way too fast and striking the rear of the car that was driving straight at a reasonable speed. Looks to me like the biker was going fast to pass car but suddenly realized he would not make it past oncoming traffic and then he could not stop in time.

Dr. Jellyfinger July 23, 2019 at 11:12 AM

BTW – Double yellow line down the middle of the road means”DO NOT PASS” passing on the left would have been an illegal maneuver there.

Warbirds45 July 22, 2019 at 1:26 PM

Check other cameras, commercial and residential prior to the point of impact.
Maybe another camera could have caught a license plate or glimpse of the driver.

Toe July 22, 2019 at 2:59 PM

The damage to the persons front yard looks like the motorcyclist went to pass the Prius on the left and the Prius made a left hand turn as the motorcyclist was in the process of passing. This would explain the direction of damage on the LEFT side of the road in that persons front yard.

1.) Bike goes to overtake Prius.
2.) Prius makes a left before the motorcycle completes the pass.
3.) Prius clips motorcyclist, sending the motorcycle into the opposing lane of traffic
4.) Truck driver hits motorcyclist
5.) motorcycle ends up in yard on the opposite side of the road

I’ve been riding for 15 years with over 300,000 miles on two wheels. I’ve been in a few accidents myself and seen more than I can remember. It’s usually a combination of speed and impatience that gets you in trouble when your riding. I’ve been in a situation before riding behind a car that began to slow down but didn’t use a signal to show intent of a lane change. Foolishly I went to speed up and pass on the left. When I was right next to the car they began to turn left on a side street. Thankfully he saw me and swerved straight. I was lucky, but that’s not always the case.

RIP to the fallen rider, I hope he didnt suffer.

Dr. Jellyfinger July 22, 2019 at 6:31 PM
Toe July 22, 2019 at 7:51 PM

Oh wow, what a shame.

Toe July 22, 2019 at 3:31 PM

RIP motorcyclist

Jenny July 22, 2019 at 5:21 PM

So sad to read the above comments that lack compassion. My heart breaks for the family and all parties involved. Prayers, hugs, and support to all affected by this tragic accident. <3

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