Update: Pickup Driver Injured in Wreck Near Stafford Lake

A 46-year-old Novato man was towing a boat and failed to negotiate a curve in the road near where Isaac Brott was killed in 2010.

A pickup truck driver towing a boat ran off the road Tuesday morning on a rural stretch of Novato Boulevard and suffered serious injuries.

Richard Marshall, 46, of Novato sustained broken bones and a possible broken back when his truck hit a tree, the California Highway Patrol said.

An emergency call was placed at 6:42 a.m. to report a crash in the 2700 block of Novato Boulevard, about one mile west of San Marin High School, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"san-marin-high-school"} -->, according to the Novato Fire District. The location just a few feet east from where a  student,

Mark Burnham September 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Easy fix here. Put up a sign before and after the bridge/turn there that says "Slow down". Hope the driver of the truck regains his health.
Lois Wilson September 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
You need to edit/proofread yourself...your statements, twice, are so poorly edited that you allow the ill-informed impression that Issac was the unlicensed driver. He was NOT. He was the incredibly unfortunate youth who made the tragic mistake of getting in a car with a driver who had been drinking. You should take pains in your reporting to not misrepresent the sadness of that event. Issac was NOT drinking or driving.
Eric September 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Issac is dead. Unfortunately, he was in a car full of his friends that were drunks from Novato High. Underage drinking is a Major concern in Novato and parents need to lock up there Alcohol and stop denying that they are drunks themselves. Johnny is drinking and you helped. IDIOTS, Parents. Lock up your medicine cabinets too and your downer/ upper drugs. The concern is now. There is a sign to slow down to 35 mph on the corner. God speed on recovery for the driver. Lots of Mass and we don't know the conditions at the accident time.
Lisa September 19, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Let's focus, same place WAY different situation....Why even bring it up!!!!! Dude, I hope you recover from your injuries quickly.
Jennifer S. September 19, 2012 at 03:52 AM
The article never states that he was the unlicensed driver. "Brott, who was 15 years old, was killed in the crash, and it was determined that the unlicensed driver of the vehicle Brott was in had been drinking before school at Novato High that morning."
Lois Wilson September 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Thank you Lisa. Better said. And yes, speedy recovery to the driver.
Lois Wilson September 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
And, yes, I should have read more carefully. Apology offered.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Lois: You were right! I posted that sentence the way you said I did, but I fixed it within a few minutes of noticing my own mistake. After that, I saw your comment and was relieved that I caught it myself. You must've seen it in that few minutes before it was fixed. You're not hallucinating, and I appreciate your watchdog eyes. In the future, though, I'd love it if you could email me or call me about something that needs to be fixed.
Mrs Sarge September 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
This is the same place our friend Brian died in 2008 on his motorcycle. Why is this bend in the road such an issue? It doesn't seem to be a major turn yet it seems accident prone. Hope the driver and anyone else involved are ok.
David Randolph September 19, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Anytime there is a curve in a road someone will manage to lose control and crash. That curve is a mild one with plenty of visibility and warning signs. Trouble is, we don't teach people how to drive properly in this country for one thing, then add inattention and this is what you get. Just look at the barriers or guard rails on the outside of a curve (the curves on 19th St. in San Francisco a good example) and see the scrapes from impacts. U.S. drivers will never change, unfortunately, but at least today's vehicles are far safer when crashes happen. Pay attention people, and look far ahead to anticipate trouble, not just 10 feet in front of your hood. And stay off the cell phone.
Bob Ratto September 19, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I think this curve is a combination of factors-1) excessive speed coming from the San Marin side..you are getting out of the City, it's a straight road; 2) improper banking in the corner (improper=insufficient, as in it's way too flat); lack of knowledge/attention. Combine all three, and well, we see the result.
Elena Keating September 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Rick Marshall, the driver of the truck is a very good man and a skilled driver. He has a wonderful family who are all so worried about him. Let's all send him good thoughts of healing.
Whitey Guinther September 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The road conditions were clear and dry. I drove by the accident scene on the way to the golf course yesterday morning. My guess would be that speed was a factor, trying to negotiate the curve while towing a boat and trailer could very well have dis- lodged the trailer and from that point it's just hang on and pray for the best. Prayers for a speedy recovery for the driver of the truck. I drove by at approx. 6:50 AM and emergency services (fire/ems & police) were already on scene tending to driver & directing traffic. Great response time. Whitey
Kerry September 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Thank you Elena.
Kelley Thieme September 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Praying for a speedy recovery for Rick ..... Elena your very right!!!
Cate K September 20, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Good friend with Rick's wife. Sending thoughts and prayers every day to them both. xxoo
Barbara September 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Well said Elena.
Tim Van Raam September 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Rick is a neighbor of mine and one of the most cautious drivers I have ever seen. Not sure what coused the accident and won't speculate, I just wish him a speedty recovery and thanks to his firefighter family for all the help the are giving him and his family. You guys are awesome. Tim Van Raam
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 October 03, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Wishing lots of love to Rick and his wife at this very difficult time. xoxoxo
bella October 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Yes you are right Eric. Indeed there are more parents that are drunks and pill poppers in this town than I have ever seen anywhere else. Not to mention a bunch of parents who are just to busy with their own lives they just look the other way. Give the kids everything and then they can have their own lives. Wake up Novato parents. Stop trying to one up each other and start being a parent. Think of all the kids who have died in Novato crashes in the past ten years.
Brent Carlson October 13, 2012 at 01:43 AM
From Davids comments, It would be simple to have a reminder on that curve that has caused so much misery. I remember it as Jennifer Moore Corner and I will and respecting her life. Tougher to bear for me that anyone in this community was capable of doing that to another. Dumping her body in Novato Creek after her Rape. Anyways, I've seen enough tragedy there and I would have the County dig a few ripple stripes in the roadway. Just enough to slow down or observe the lower speed for that corner. It wouldn't take much.


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