ALERT: Bancroft Rd. Closed Near Black Bear Diner In Walnut Creek Due To Collision

August 23, 2019 12:16 pm · 44 comments

Northbound Bancroft Rd. near Pomar Way in Walnut Creek is closed until further notice due to a collision, according to the Walnut Creek Police Department.

The road is closed until further notice.

The extent of injuries is unknown at this time, but witnesses are saying a pedestrian was struck.

Use caution if you’re in the area.

map: Google maps

Nutcreek Frontier August 23, 2019 at 12:31 PM

Sorry to hear this, hope the pedestrian will be O.K. Some of the crossings can be a bit treacherous there, due to all the traffic, visibility and vehicle speeds on turns.

Ricardoh August 23, 2019 at 12:34 PM

Hope for the best outcome.

steve weir August 23, 2019 at 12:44 PM

I was cycling on the canal trail when I came upon this collision. I did not see the accident, but the ambulance was just pulling away. There was a car in the canal cross walk, a mangled bike on the side of the road and a streak of blood on the pavement.

I don’t know who was in the right, but the cyclist always is the loser in such accidents. Take care in crossing this intersection.

Robert b August 23, 2019 at 3:24 PM

I was listening to the fire dispatch and it sounds like they were going to a call at the Bancroft Ruth garden and they were telling dispatch to switch them onto this call. I do not know what they were going to at the garden but another fire truck went into the garden in front of me.

Mark Hansaeger August 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Was this the call at Ruth gardens? There was an fire truck going here at the same time.

Irene August 23, 2019 at 12:50 PM

I hope the pedestrian is ok.

I was just there a little while ago. There was a man who was in the crosswalk going against a red. He was stuck in between the lanes going towards the BART tracks and the lanes turning left onto Treat. When the turn lanes light turned red, he went to the median. I was driving towards Safeway and it looked like he was going to step off the curb into my path. I hope it wasn’t him.

S Gail Adam August 23, 2019 at 1:32 PM

A sedan and a bicyclist collided. The sedan appeared to be going at a good clip. The bicyclist sailed into her windshield on the passenger side and was thrown off. A lot of blood on the street. The bicycle was thrown maybe 50/60 feet. Don’t know if he lived. Someone was giving him chest compressions before the ambulance took him, I don’t know who had the right of way but cars and bicyclists should both be wary there as it is a walking and bicyclist route.

WC August 23, 2019 at 1:38 PM

You have to make a u-turn and go back to Ygnacio or go right on Banbury and go back through the neighborhood, right on Wimbledon, then back to Ygnacio. I went left on Ygnacio and back to Treat on Oak Grove. Traffic was heavy, be patient.

Real August 23, 2019 at 1:41 PM

I was one of the first on scene, guy in his 20’s was hit while crossing the cross walk on his bike, no helmet. Head smashed the windshield, major bleeding. Got on the ground to give cpr but he was breathing thankfully, a man was trying to stop the bleeding while we gave the poor guy shade from the 90 degree weather on the pavement. Fire truck was repsponding to another call so they stopped at the accident first because of priority. Driver was distraught and stayed on scene. Hope he makes it, hard to watch.

Suz August 23, 2019 at 2:48 PM

How sad for all. Prayers to the victim and driver. Thank you for being there and for the update.

WC August 23, 2019 at 3:08 PM

Thanks for helping the poor guy.

Mary Fouts August 23, 2019 at 4:01 PM

Real – thanks you you and the others mentioned in your post for rendering aid to the bicyclist.

Nutcreek Frontier August 24, 2019 at 8:06 AM

@ Real, bless you for being a good neighbor, and helping out. Can imagine this scene will stay with you for some time.

S Gail Adam August 23, 2019 at 1:41 PM

The accident on Bancroft in front of Black Bear In Walnut Creek at the Iron Horse Trail crosswalk. The bicyclist was traveling at high speed and the sedan was going pretty fast. The bicycle flew about 50-60 feet. Not sure if the cyclist is alive or who had the right of way.

concord ygnacio August 23, 2019 at 7:11 PM

Cyclists NEVER have the right-of-way when riding in a cross walk. They are supposed to get off and walk their bike. When bikers come too fast out of nowhere, this is the result.

JazzMan August 23, 2019 at 8:32 PM

We don’t know the whole story. Granted you’re supposed to walk your bike in a crosswalk, but MAYBE, if he pressed the walk light, and it was flashing, and the driver failed to yield to the lights…don’t be so swift to judge the cyclist at fault. Let the investigators figure it out. If they release finding, THEN we’ll know.

steve weir August 23, 2019 at 8:41 PM

This accident happened at a light which operates like any other lighted intersection. Traffic NEVER has the right-of-way when the light is RED.

Bill Cutting August 23, 2019 at 2:03 PM

That crossing is the most annoying Crossing ever. Hello! Put a bridge there Walnut Creek greedy city council. It’s because of that particular crosswalk people are slowed down all the time! It slows down commerce, it slows down everybody trying to get to the freeway. Get a city engineer over there and build a bridge that way we don’t have to stop there all the time anymore and people won’t get hit if there’s a bridge there. Common sense and Who cares how much it will cost, build it.

Aunt Barbara August 23, 2019 at 4:06 PM

How correct you are. I don”t know how many times people almost get hit there, drivers treat it like a freeway. I have called the City many times on this stretch of road, and they do nothing. Lights are also out of sync and trees can block the lights.
I hope this gets the City to finally pay attention!!!

rolling wheels August 23, 2019 at 4:17 PM

Build bridge so you can drive a few more yards and stop at the light.and save 0 secondsJust hope that the cyclist will recover.

Jojo Potato August 23, 2019 at 4:44 PM

That’s the post I’ve been waiting for. Bridges are expensive so they are not an automatic thing. “Who cares how much it costs?” Just read a few posts here about understand the resistance of so many motorists regarding any cycling improvements. And I would just say, too bad for you getting slowed down “getting to the freeway”. Cyclists are going places too and at that particular intersection it’s been very law abiding on all sides. I suggest you just calm down and stop pushing that pedal under your right food. Thanks.

Susana Fonohema August 23, 2019 at 2:41 PM

Hope the person is ok so sad

The Fearless Spectator August 23, 2019 at 5:16 PM

I was at the light on the other side of Treat so I was able to watch the Firetruck attempting to get through. A person in a popular model hybrid drove along in front of the Firetruck for a while while with it’s flashing lights and sirens right behind. Instead of moving to the right they moved left and stopped next to the curb. This of course blocked the left lane forcing the Firetruck to stop also.

There are questions about dealing with emergency vehicles on the DMV drivers test. How does someone like this get a license?

Karla August 23, 2019 at 8:52 PM

What makes you assume they even have a license?

pepper August 23, 2019 at 7:37 PM

One has to remember the driving tests are not always in English, and lets face it “YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID’.

ConcordNative August 23, 2019 at 8:29 PM

People are not paying attention to emergency vehicles trying to get by. Take the headphones off, put down your phone and PAY ATTENTION!! Move over stupid drivers..someone’s life may end due to your negligence. I hope the cyclist makes it and thank God people stopped to help.

Nonina August 23, 2019 at 8:37 PM

Make, model, color, year of vehicle?

Nonina August 23, 2019 at 8:50 PM

Friendly reminder to pedestrians and bicyclists: WEAR LIGHT COLORED CLOTHING SO YOU CAN BE SEEN AT NIGHT! and carry a light if possible.
We live in a society full with “It’s all about me” mentality. We need better lit streets and those cars with high beam lights can at times blind drivers, it is like being blinded by the sun, on the oncoming lane.

Quack quack August 23, 2019 at 9:25 PM

Of course one should wear light clothes at night. But clarifying- you realize this happened around noon today…?

Nonina August 24, 2019 at 2:15 PM

I do realize that! But I was trying to remind people because speeding drivers don’t care nor do they have enough reaction time to stop themselves from hitting someone and this can be made worse at night when clear visibility decreases, and also rain can be a factor. Let’s not forget that we live in an “It’s all about me” social mentality.

Hanne Jeppesen August 24, 2019 at 12:13 AM

Since I check in on Claycord once a day, I saw this post earlier. I use to ride my bike there, since I lived close by, I have since moved to another part of Concord so I don’t ride there anymore. Anyway the story is disturbing, and got even more so when I went to lunch at work. I work at Macy’s at Stanford Shopping Center, when I walked outside to get to my car, there were several police cars, the fire department and an ambulance on the way. A man was laying on the cement, a Mercedes SUV was right in front of him, seems like he was walking and the SUV came out of the garage turn and hit the pedestrian. I asked one of the onlookers what happened, she said the SUV was going fast, and the person hit had been under the car. I see this all the time, the cars don’t respect the crosswalk, and the go too fast, both out on the street and in the garage, drive like it is a racetrack. Having said that I also see pedestrians not paying attention, just stepping off the curb without looking right or left, even if there is not a crosswalk. Dangerous for everyone, slow down, pay attention. If you are walking and get hit you will loose no matter who has the right of way. If you are the driver and hit someone, you will have to live with the effects (if person dies or is handicapped for life). A co worker was at the scene where the pedestrian was hit earlier than I, said the young woman who was driving the car was just hysterical. I can just imagine.

Nonina August 24, 2019 at 2:22 PM

We are living in an “It’s all about me” social mentality. I was hit my a senior citizen while crossing the street and she NEVER apologized nor seemed to care. I, to this day, have chronic pain from that accident.

Chris August 24, 2019 at 7:27 AM

The California Vehicle Code views bicycles not as vehicles, but devices, and cyclists as drivers. … When you pedal your bike across a crosswalk you do not have the right-of-way. That’s just how the law is. BUT, you can get the right-of-way if you hop off your bicycle and walk it across the crosswalk.

Lawrence August 30, 2019 at 8:14 AM

Let’s not confuse right-of-way between bicyclists and pedestrians versus bicyclists and cars. A bicyclist in a crosswalk with a green light should definitely have right-of-way versus cross car traffic that sees a red light. A driver cannot run a red to hit a bicyclist just because the bicyclist is in a crosswalk. Other pedestrians in that crosswalk will have the right of way over the bicyclist in the crosswalk, because the bicyclist is no longer a pedestrian, but that’s not the issue at hand.

Tracey Loftus August 24, 2019 at 10:59 AM

What the status of the cyclist from Drosays’s accident?

Bill Cutting August 24, 2019 at 11:03 AM

Jojo huh? Slow down? You’re assuming I speed to that light or something. I’m talking about commerce here, something I don’t think you have any understanding of if you actually live here and work here. I know the light right after that crossing you’re talking about. The one that goes into the shopping center which is horribly timed as well! I’m looking for solutions though. SoundS like you’re like a bicyclist acting like I’m attacking your hobby or something. I don’t hate on anybody biking it good for exercise and lowering pollution. I just want the area to run smoothly so we can all get to our destinations safely and efficienctly.

Tom Wright August 24, 2019 at 12:05 PM

I know that area well since I often cycle the canal trail bike path which crosses at a signal at that location. If a cyclist has the green light they have the right of way. Whether they were walking or riding across is not the issue.
Hundreds of bikes cross there daily. I have never seen one walked across on their green light. What often happens is a car is rushing to cross on a yellow doesn’t make it and runs the red light. Bicyclists are anxiously waiting to cross and start immediately on their green. I have a feeling this is what happened here yesterday.

JJ August 24, 2019 at 3:20 PM

I hope everyone involved is healing.

Years ago my child attended Bancroft Elementary and we would cross that street every school day. We walked our bikes across. But my child always asked why we had to walk our bikes and the older people could ride across and sometimes even ride across on a red light.

I told my child not to cross unless she had seen the cars had stopped. Even if the light was green for pedestrians to cross. Motorists would run that light a lot!

Maybe a cheaper alternative would be flashing lights to alert school crossing.

Queen bee August 24, 2019 at 5:33 PM

I hope the bicyclist will be ok. Terrible thing to happen. That being said I don’t know how many times I’ve seen bicyclists and pedestrians cross the street along the trails without looking for cars. Especially down on Cherry Lane, Walden and Mayhew. If you are on the trail you do NOT have the right of way, that’s why there are stop signs at those intersections. You are supposed to STOP and wait for traffic to finish going by, BEFORE you cross the intersection.

I also see bicyclists run stop signs and stop lights on a daily basis. You are supposed to obey ALL traffic laws when on a bike. Including riding in the direction traffic, stopping at all red lights & stop signs and even the speed limit.

Lives Nearby August 25, 2019 at 3:31 PM

Just to be clear, this intersection has a stoplight for the cars on Bancroft. I was stopped on Bancroft, heading southbound, waiting at that red light, when this collision happened. A gray late model BMW (I believe it was a five series), with a female driver who was probably in her late fifties, ran the red light and hit the cyclist who had every right to be there, since he had a green light.

ilovepopcorn August 25, 2019 at 9:34 AM

I make it a rule to always walk my bike on a crosswalk even if there is a traffic signal. Reason: Drivers will not stop if they see you! I have seen that many times. The bike safety course we took in middle school in Arizona taught us bike and road safety. It would be nice if they did that here. Also we had to have a bike license. Common sense does not come easy for some folks/

Lawrence August 30, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Seriously? A driver of a car stopped at a red light will suddenly decide to run the red light and hit you because s/he sees you ride your bike across the intersection with a green light in the crosswalk and not beside the crosswalk?

Cassandra August 27, 2019 at 1:22 AM

The person who got hit was my friend Tommy he is in a coma at the moment and he had brain surgery yesterday we have no idea if he’s going to survive but we need all the prayers we can get they told us that he will be in a coma for a while and that the next 3 months are critical

Cassandra August 27, 2019 at 2:33 AM

The young man who got hit was a close friend of mine named Tommy he is in extreme critical condition and is in a coma and as of yesterday he had brain surgery we could use all the prayers that we can get and the next few months are very critical

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