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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Virgin Megastore Crash a Hit-and-Run

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Earlier today, we reported on a motorist careening through the abandoned Virgin Records megastore on Sutter and Market. It turns out this wasn't a statement about Virgin Records so much as a hit-and-run incident involving a big rig truck.

Based on accounts from the driver and eyewitnesses, the San Francisco Police Department claim the eye-catching incident occurred when a big rig and a light green Toyota Camry were traveling southbound on Stockton at 10:17 p.m. Locals are familiar with the gentle left turn drivers must make while crossing Market in order to continue south on Fourth Street.

The truckdriver, it seems, was not.

While driving in the middle lane, the big rig's trailer bled into the leftmost lane and impacted with the Toyota. The driver told police she attempted to brake, but apparently cranked the wheel hard left, jumped the sidewalk, and blasted through the record store's plate glass window.

Eyewitnesses claim the trucker slowed down but did not stop. Police could only describe his vehicle as "a big rig pulling a white trailer." Since no one was injured, the truckdriver is accused of misdemeanor hit-and-run.

Yesterday, it turned out, was a bad day for cars going where cars are not supposed to go. A driver who mistook the gas for the brake while parking in the 4300 block of Geary Boulevard hopped the curb and pinned a 47-year-old man against a wall Wednesday morning. That pedestrian is currently fighting for his life.

Perhaps coincidentally, Allstate Insurance deemed Dec. 15 -- yesterday -- the most accident-prone driving day of the year.

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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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