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Monday, February 9, 2015

Tom Ammiano Recovering After Traffic Collision With Fleeing Suspect

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Tom Ammiano, in a happier interaction with metal and machinery.
  • Tom Ammiano, in a happier interaction with metal and machinery.
Passing cabdriver urges politico/hit-and-run victim to run for mayor

Former Supervisor and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano was, as ever, in good humor after a car he was in was struck by a vehicle driven by a suspect purportedly in the midst of a crime spree.

Ammiano tells SF Weekly he and the driver of his vehicle, his former aide Kimberly Alverenga, have scrapes and bruises and whiplash but are "feeling really lucky" after a Saturday evening incident on Sixth and Mission.

For this Ammiano credits his "gay guardian angel." 

While idling at the stoplight at around 6:30 on Saturday, Ammiano says he was jolted — in more ways than one — when he noticed a black Mercedes run the intersection and speed toward Alvarenga's car. The vehicle, purportedly driven by the subject of a police all-points bulletin, ricocheted off "two or three cars" before slamming, head on, into Ammiano and Alvarenga's vehicle. 

The scene, per Ammiano, was soon inundated with law enforcement. The driver of the Mercedes, who purportedly had stolen that vehicle and engaged in a number of crimes that day, was apprehended not far from the scene. Incidentally, between talking to the police and visiting St. Luke's Hospital, Ammiano and Alvarenga missed the community event. 

After squeezing past the airbags and exiting the vehicle, Ammiano was surprised when a passing cabdriver encouraged him to run for mayor. 

Ammiano has already started up a recipient committee for a potential 2016 state senate run. But mayor? That, the two-time mayoral candidate says, is "to be determined." 

When asked if he could transfer money from his state senate committee to a local mayoral effort, Ammiano said he's not sure if he would be permitted to do so. But, in any event, "with us, we never raise a lotta money. We don't have any money of consequence." 


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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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