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Friday, October 8, 2010

'DUI Demolition Derby': Details Emerge on Date Gone Bad

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge Denina Goldberg's Mustang was worse for wear after an alleged hit-and-run spree
  • Denina Goldberg's Mustang was worse for wear after an alleged hit-and-run spree
Denina Goldberg's Mustang was worse for wear after an alleged hit-and-run spree
Earlier this week we reported on a purported date gone horribly awry: Instead of picking up her suitor Friday night, a woman careened through Bernal Heights, smashing into 13 cars in an alleged DUI demolition derby.

SF Weekly has now talked to more neighbors and come up with more photos of the carnage. It all started at a shade before 9 p.m., when Bernal residents were jolted by a spectacular crash.



click to enlarge This man, who knew Goldberg and ran after her car on foot, tried to calm the driver down
  • This man, who knew Goldberg and ran after her car on foot, tried to calm the driver down
Residents ran through their doors to watch the driver of a silver 2000 Mustang, identified as Denina Goldberg by police, weave wildly through the streets. The driver smacked into cars on both sides of the road, backed up, and crunched cars into other cars. At one point, the front bumper and license plate of Goldberg's vehicle came loose and fell to the ground.

"She managed to shove our car up onto the sidewalk -- she snapped the axle right off our car -- and plowed into the car behind it and push it an entire house length," recalled one neighborhood denizen.

click to enlarge This man, who knew Goldberg and ran after her car on foot, tried to calm the driver down
  • This man, who knew Goldberg and ran after her car on foot, tried to calm the driver down
When her smashed-up Mustang came to rest on Ellsworth just past Ogden, the man eyewitnesses described as Goldberg's "date" kept the crowd away from her and implored her to calm down. "Everybody was in shock. It was just so surreal," said a neighbor.

When the police showed up -- and it took some time, as a large contingent of cops were working crowd duty at AT&T Park for the Padres-Giants game -- Goldberg's behavior was purportedly erratic. Eyewitnesses tell SF Weekly the self-proclaimed nurse -- outfitted in scrubs -- angered cops by repeatedly asking for a cigarette, and then requesting a bathroom break.

click to enlarge This man, who knew Goldberg and ran after her car on foot, tried to calm the driver down
  • This man, who knew Goldberg and ran after her car on foot, tried to calm the driver down
This man, who knew Goldberg and ran after her car on foot, tried to calm the driver down
She was booked on suspicion of driving drunk and 11 hit-and-run counts. No one was injured during the three-to-five minute hit-and-run spree.

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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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