MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (BYRON, CA) —- It is with great regret that we report the passing of one of Discovery Bay’s children.  A 12-year old student, Burgess Hu, was riding his bike to school at Excelsior Middle School his morning shortly before 8:00 a.m. when he was struck and killed by a black SUV. The driver of the SUV was turning right out of the middle school onto northbound Byron Highway. The child was reported deceased at the scene.

The driver of the black SUV was a parent of an Excelsior Middle School student. She had just dropped off her child and was making the difficult right turn onto the busy Byron Highway. The Sheriff reported that the driver initally thought she had driven over a ball.

The parents arrived on the scene shortly after the accident.  Grief Counselors were called to the school to help with speaking to students, teachers, and families about the passing of this well-liked young man.

Excelsior Middle School had a new entrance to the school added to the back side of the school property just last year, off of the quiet Byer Road, because of the concerns over students entering along Byron Highway.

Candlelight vigils:  Monday @ 7:00 p.m. @ Timber Point elementary and Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. @ Excelsior Middle School.



15 thoughts on “Excelsior Middle School Fatality

    • What’s tragic is that people will continue to drive with their phones in front of their face while exiting parking lots and driving down dangerous rural highways. That is what we will continue to face without real awareness and less apathy towards others on the road.

  1. I drove past this accident this morning about 10-15 minutes after it happened and I just broke down in tears. While I was on the school board (after our community passed the measure C bond), there was nothing more important to me than safe routes to school and moving the entrance to Excelsior Middle School because it was so inherently dangerous. I saw many near misses and a few accidents over the years I was driving my children there. Clearly, moving the entrance wasn’t enough…we still need to insist on safe routes to school, hopefully including bike paths!!! I knew this young man and my heart is broken for his family and also for the driver. No matter what the outcome of the investigation, the ultimate outcome will not change. We need to be supportive at this tragic time and not judgmental. If you are able, do what you can to make a difference in your community to help keep all our children safe. Bless all touched by this terrible accident.

  2. Praying for all parties involved. This has really taken a toll on the students and staff as well. As a parent, I can’t imagine how these parents feel. As a driver, I think that this is all of our worst nightmares. Prayers of peace and love for the community.

  3. Zero faith with kids on bikes vs live traffic. It’s not a matter of if it will happen rather than when it happens. I practically drive crawling around campus, just too much activity. God Bless this family, and the driver also regardless of fault.

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