July 26, 2010 Update:
Prosecutors have backed away from offering a plea agreement to an El Sobrante man charged in the hit-and-run death of Mark Pendleton in 2008 along McEwen Road in Contra Costa County. Assistant district attorney Paul Sequeira said Monday that after speaking with the victim’s family, his office decided to cease discussions about a plea deal for Harold Brown, 54. Brown is accused of striking 49-year-old electrician and Martinez resident Mark Pendleton the night of Nov. 24, 2008, and then fleeing the scene in his vehicle. His next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2010.
Mark Pendleton (49) regularly enjoyed rides from his home in Martinez on beautiful roads thoughout the East Bay. Mark was the victim of a hit and run crash after climbing McEwen Road on Monday, November 24, 2008. An updated news report about this generous individual and CHP’s effort to find the northbound motorist, who crossed into the oncoming lane, appeared in the Contra Costa Times newspaper on 11/26/08 and on 12/11/08. The initial article includes a photo of Mark.
EBBC placed a ghost bike on McEwen Rd, about 3/10 mile north of the intersection with Franklin Canyon Road. We invite bicyclists help the family bring closure to this tragic loss as we recognize Mark and build pressure to bring justice and a quick resolution to this tragedy. We ask any visitors in vehicles to stop in the shoulder area immediately before the road narrows, otherwise, there are very few locations on the narrow and steep McEwen Rd to turn around.