Danville Express

Community Pulse - July 20, 2007


JanSport president dies in single-car crash

JanSport president Michael Corvino, 46, died in a car accident on Saturday, July 14, as he left his home on Creekview Place in Danville, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Corvino drove his 1970 Dodge Charger from Creekview Place and turned left onto Camino Tassaraja around 5:25 p.m., CHP reported. Alexandra Corvino, 16, Michael's daughter, was sitting in the rear right seat; and John Shaner, 16, was in the passenger side at the time of the accident.

When Michael Corvino turned left, his car accelerated and fishtailed off the north side of the road, with the driver side door slamming into a tree, according to witnesses. The car then spun out onto a sidewalk adjacent to the tree. CHP is still investigating.

Corvino was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter and Shaner were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. They suffered minor cuts and abrasions, police said.

Police impounded the car to see if there were any defects, said CHP Officer Steve Creel.

"The investigation is going to focus on the physical evidence at the scene to determine the primary collision factor in the accident," Creel said.

He noted Tuesday that the two teenagers were wearing seatbelts, and police are still investigating if Corvino was hearing his. Creel said his seatbelt was off after the accident but the Emergency Medical Technicians may have taken them out when they got him out of the car.

Corvino moved to Danville with his family in 2004 after being promoted to president of JanSport, the San Leandro backpack subsidiary of Vanity Fair Corp., a clothing line company. As Jansport president, he was involved in working with Apple Inc. to create technology that would connect iPods and cell phones on the straps of Jansports backpacks.

Corvino was born in Philadelphia and played high school football in Pennsylvania. He played linebacker for the University of Maryland at College Park from 1979-1982 and was named All-ACC. In 1983, he joined the USFL, playing for the Washington Federals until 1985.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; and daughters Alexandra and Elizabeth. His funeral will be held in Pennsylvania. Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville is handling the arrangements.


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