Stockton man hit, dies on Hwy. 4

Stockton man hit, dies on Hwy. 4

There are 29 comments on the RecordNET story from Mar 11, 2013, titled Stockton man hit, dies on Hwy. 4. In it, RecordNET reports that:

Richard Andy Cunningham, 30, of Stockton died from multiple blunt force injuries after he was hit by a car while walking in the middle of Highway 4 in Discovery Bay early this morning, the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office reported.

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Dawna

Antioch, CA

#23 Mar 20, 2013
wtfiswrongwuu - THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Your comment has restored my faith in humanity! The only reason I didnt loose it and type what was really on my mind after reading Suzie's comments is the respect I have for Richards family and children. I do not want to make this any harder on them than it needs to be - I lost my 26 year old mother when I was 4 and I know how hard it is and how it feels to hear any negativity spoken about your deceased loved one. His family hasnt even been harsh like Suzie was but I wont stoop to stupidity - I mean who in their right mind especially a woman driving alone would stop, get out of her car and try to reason with a man who appears to not be of sound mind in the complete dark on a road that is traveled at high rates of speed. At the very least they risk being hit by a car themselves let alone the other scenarios that could have happened so again, the witnesses did the right thing by finding a cop and calling 911, unfortunately Bridget didn't get the memo that there was a man jumping into cars on HWY 4 until it was too late.

To clarify some of the other rude comments made - Bridget has not lost her income permanently but she is not paid the hours she is not at work so she has lost her income until she feels ready to go back to work, it is also not her fault that her employer does not pay into Ca State Dissability. She is an amazing preschool employee - the babies-children LOVE and MISS her tremendously but she is not in a line of work that it would be in any way appropriate to return to unless she is 100% mentally & emotionally ready! Last but not least she cant return to work even when she does feel ready without a vehicle - hers was totaled and she does not live walking distance to work. She did not ask for this to happen to her. She has never asked for any kind of help from anyone in the past, is not on public assistance and never has been even when she was a single mother raising a son to be an honorable man who is now a Sailor for the US Navy stationed in Japan protecting each and every one of us, our freedom and our rights.

The only question still going through our minds over and over is WHY - WHY was Richard on HWY 4 at 12pm??? It makes no sense and I know someone has some answers - its not a normal place to be - Who saw him prior or talked to him prior to the accident? Someone has got to know something. Was he at a residence in Discovery Bay, had he been dumped or demanded out of a car? Had there been an earlier incident that upset him to the point of self harm? Was he under the influence of something? This is just not a normal place to be taking a middle of the night stroll, then decide to play chicken with oncoming cars - just doesn't make sense!

Dawna

Antioch, CA

#24 Mar 20, 2013
Thank you so much Wtfiswrongwuu for seeing this the same way I do! I tried to stay respectful for the sake of Richards family since they also didnt ask for this and neither did Bridget.

I would still love to know what he was doing in Discovery Bay on the HWY in the middle of a Sunday night - it makes no sense. Im sure someone knows more than anyone's saying!

Since: Jan 13

Brentwood, CA

#25 Mar 21, 2013
Dawna - you're welcome! A tragedy in which both parties were victims, in one way or another, requires people to tread lightly when interacting with family members. Compassion & respect should be shown & in my opinion, Suzie's post was out of line. It seemed to me to stop just short of accusing your sister of wrong-doing. And the message I got from reading it was 'Oh well, you're still alive, so get over it'. I was shocked at her insensitivity & had to post a response, even though it's really none of my business.

This is such an extremely tragic situation, but the fact that Bridget became involved as an unwilling participant makes it that much more tragic. Coming to the realization that you took another human beings life would be horrific enough, but having to see it as well, is beyond horrendous. It is so unfair that Bridget will have to live with that torment the rest of her life. The human mind can be such a cruel thing, replaying the incident over & over in ones head - how anyone could not feel compassion for her is beyond me. May God give her strength to get through this.
Dexter

Germany

#26 Mar 23, 2013
Not an accident, but an intentional act by the deceased. Tragic nevertheless and his family and children are grieving. People need to understand that.
That "Shaggy" had a history of drug use (see his fb page?) or that he may have been stoned that night isn't especially relevant. He's still gone.
Can't be he was depressed about marrying up, his fiance's family is from huge money. So what was it then that he was hurting so bad that he wanted to die? Why didn't he get help?
The other tragedy here is that he involved an innocent party (driver Bridgett). Her life will never be the same either.
As for that loser griping about being late for work...you must have a hellacious commute if you're on the road at 12 something am. Or are you saying you're just that stoopid that you don't listen to traffic reports on KCBS or from some other source? Reports about the highway being closed were not a secret. You could have avoided being "inconvenienced." Scumbag.
Dawna

Fairfield, CA

#27 Mar 26, 2013
Dexter wrote:
Not an accident, but an intentional act by the deceased. Tragic nevertheless and his family and children are grieving. People need to understand that.
That "Shaggy" had a history of drug use (see his fb page?) or that he may have been stoned that night isn't especially relevant. He's still gone.
Can't be he was depressed about marrying up, his fiance's family is from huge money. So what was it then that he was hurting so bad that he wanted to die? Why didn't he get help?
The other tragedy here is that he involved an innocent party (driver Bridgett). Her life will never be the same either.
As for that loser griping about being late for work...you must have a hellacious commute if you're on the road at 12 something am. Or are you saying you're just that stoopid that you don't listen to traffic reports on KCBS or from some other source? Reports about the highway being closed were not a secret. You could have avoided being "inconvenienced." Scumbag.
Very well said agree 100%!!
Dee

Antioch, CA

#28 Mar 26, 2013
I couldn't agree more with the comment above and I do know the unfortunate driver...I don't want to get involved in this mess but I'm sure Suzie from Livermore isn't really who she even says she is...just remember Karma doesn't forgive for such cruelty!
In Her Shoes

Discovery Bay, CA

#29 Apr 1, 2013
This is a horrible tragedy, and my heart goes out to all those left behind.

Bridget was a stranger to me, but PTSD is not. For those who can step into Bridget's shoes -- who understand that Bridget did not ask for this to happen, and that she does indeed need help to cope with the horrifying events of March 11th and want to help -- please visit the Facebook page: Discovery Bay Fundraising For Bridget Rodgers

Thank you
CPK

Boise, ID

#30 Jul 4, 2013
R.I.P Shaggy! You were a legend!
Pat

San Diego, CA

#31 Jul 11, 2015
to the people on our son Richard Andy Cunningham I am so sorry for the actions that you felt our son took our son was in an unfamiliar area and thought he was on a rural road and in the heart of hearts as his mother I think he was trying to flag down cars and did not know it was a highway I am sorry for the way you are feeling but time heals all wounds it is day by day one foot in front of the other and as for counseling there is free counseling out there I got grief counseling my husband got grief counseling his fiance got grief counseling his three children got grief counseling and yes so security did take care of his 3 children but that doesn't mean that it's all right there daddy is gone our son had so much and I mean so much to live for he was not attempting to take his own life I am sorry for the way you feel and I do understand but our son was not suicidal and was not on drugs he was in an unfamiliar area and thought he was on a rural street not a highway it is not well lit nor is it marked he had stickers in his feet running across a field to try to get help somebody should have taken the time to slow down and help him you people in the Bay Area they all people that don't act normal are crazy well you know what you all down here are crazy life is too fast for you take time to stop and smell the roses this is his mother I carried him for 9 months I gave birth to him his father and I raised him with good morals good standard and a lot of love he never ever would have tracking his own life no drugs were involved in this situation no drugs no nothing he was trying to get help he was lost he was scared and he did not know where he was walk in those shoes then comment this is his mom

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