Coincidentally and unfortunately, in the same week in which she was publicly shamed for texting while driving by Stanley Roberts, Oakland mayor Jean Quan had a car accident on Sunday. Early reports suggest that Quan may have been at fault, possibly after running a red light, however Quan so far denies that KTVU is also really eager to suggest she was on the phone at the time, but Quan says she is submitting phone records to prove she wasn't.
The accident happened at 26th and Market Streets in West Oakland around 7 p.m. Sunday, and Quan issued the following statement after it happened (which she later repeated via Twitter).
(Sunday) afternoon I was driving between two community events in West Oakland when another vehicle struck my left-rear tire. I immediately pulled over and checked to make sure no one was hurt: it appeared everyone was all right and their well-being was my first priority. Police are investigating what led to the collision and I'm going to let them do their job and report out the details. I will also be submitting my phone records investigators, which will confirm that I was not on my phone. I'm grateful that no one has been reported injured, but if anybody was hurt I hope they get the care they need right away. Please stay safe out there and look out for one another.
A witness tells the Oakland Tribune that she saw Quan run the red light, and claims she was "looking down" at the time, possibly at her phone, and not looking where she was going.
The other people involved in the accident, a woman and a 14-year-old boy in the car that Quan collided with, were apparently uninjured but both went to the hospital with "some pain."
It would be really prescient of Stanley Roberts to have called out this problem with Quan's driving just days before this unfortunate accident, if it does indeed turn out to be true that she was on her phone.
Glad everyone's (mostly) alright!