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Monday, February 22, 2010

Supe's Tweet: Hey, I Just Almost Got Killed!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 1:11 PM

click to enlarge Supervisor Mar! Both ways! Look both ways! - IMAGE   |   AUDREY FUKUMAN
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  • Supervisor Mar! Both ways! Look both ways!
For some legislators, Twitter is a useful means for letting people know that you've passed a bill. This weekend for Supervisor Eric Mar, however, it was a means for letting folks know that he'd almost passed into the great beyond.

While strolling hand-in-hand with his 9-year-old daughter, Jade, to lunch at a favorite restaurant, Mar was nearly flattened by driver who blew through a crosswalk and just kept going:

&Jade this

aftrnoon (sic) were almost run down by a car speeding through the

Balboa/37thAve big yellow-lined crosswalk near Lafayette Elem School

"It was a near miss," recalls Mar to SF Weekly. "It was starting to drizzle and we were clearly at the big, yellow-lined area near Lafayette School. It seems like they didn't even realize they nearly hit us. They zoomed off without even realizing it -- or maybe they just didn't care."

Short of a Raskolnikov-style confession,

don't expect the driver who nearly marred the Mars' weekend to

be apprehended. The supervisor says he was so shaken up that he didn't

get a good look at the speeding vehicle. He thinks it may have been a

"typical Japanese Honda or Toyota," but also worries that he just had

Hondas and Toyotas on the brain because he was thinking about how often

they're broken into in his neighborhood (and, either way, you can't

find a more ubiquitous, innocuous car -- no wonder they always top the most-stolen list). 

Naturally -- the man is a public servant -- Mar saw his near-death experience as a teachable moment. He now feels even more strongly that the pedestrian safety measures already under way between 34th and 39th Avenues are a good idea. He says he now "knows the human costs of traffic accidents a lot more directly."

Well, fair enough.

Finally, it warrants mentioning that Mar was not tweeting with his free hand while nearly being mowed down.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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