Oakland Mayor gets in car crash while on phone
ABC 7 News – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was in a car crash Sunday evening, when a woman hit the left rear of her city-owned Lexus SUV, but at least two witnesses say the saw the mayor run a red light. No one was seriously injured in the accident, which came just days after photos surfaced of Quan texting and talking on her cell phone while driving last week. In Sunday’s accident, Oakland police said Quan was driving alone in her SUV northbound on Market Street when her car collided with a Nissan going eastbound on 26th Street about 5:30 p.m.
While at first, police said officer didn’t know who was at fault, officers later told the Oakland Tribune that a 36-year-old woman in the Nissan ran a red light and hit the left rear of Quan’s car. Quan tweeted that the Nissan struck her left-rear tire.
“She was completely distracted,” witness Margarett Randel said. “She was looking down. She was not looking at the road, so I don’t even think she noticed that the light had turned red.” The other witness was not as sure if Quan was distracted while driving.
“I don’t know if she had been distracted or not, but she blatantly hit the car,” Thalis Ealy said. “She ran through the light…she ran a red light.” The mayor’s spokesman, Sean Maher, said the mayor was definitely not talking on her phone at the time of the collision.
“She was absolutely not on her phone,” he said. “The mayor is going to be contacting her phone service provider to back that up with investigators.”
The mayor was not cited by police and was allowed to leave the scene of the crash.
Last Sunday, a picture emerged of what appeared to be Quan texting and driving, according to the Tribune. A day later, another picture made the rounds on social media of Quan holding a cellphone to her ear while driving.
Now there’s a lot people who are going to leap to conclusions or racial, gender stereotypes with this one but I’m just going to go ahead and call this one what it is. Chicks just LOVE being on the phone. Doesn’t matter how old they area, what they look like, if they feel like they’re important, which I’m guessing Ms. Quan feels like she is (although she is pretty much running Oakland into the ground), she’s going to take her call or finish her writing her text at the light and you my friend are going to have to wait your turn. Respect the Queen.
P.S. Really hoping she had one of those geriatric phones with the huge buttons and screen.
P.P.S. Probably her best idea in months: