Part of the Civic Center's UN Plaza was shut down this morning following a car crash into the side of an Art Institute campus building. Hoodline reports that details are few, but that police had cordoned off the area near the campus and adjacent to the big concrete fountains that mark the pedestrian-only area.
The address of the building on the receiving end of the car is 10 United Nations Plaza, which anyone familiar with San Francisco will know is right on the edge of the bustling Civic Center farmers' market. The farmer's market is scheduled to run every Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but it is unclear when exactly this wreck occurred. How a car even got there in the first place is a bit of a mystery — the driver would have had to drive for some time through UN Plaza or perhaps down Leavenworth Street before wrecking into the side of the building. Maybe he or she drove onto the sidewalk from Market Street?
We reached out directly to SFPD for some clarification, but the department's media spokesperson only had extremely basic information. "The vehicle was a suspicious vehicle," the spokesperson told us. "The vehicle took off on the officers [but] it was not a pursuit." She was unable to provide us any further clarification, such as whether or not the car was parked when officers spotted it. This leaves us with a huge host of questions: Was anyone — driver or pedestrian — injured? Was the driver intoxicated? Was the driver distraught over the election of Donald Trump? At present, these questions remain unanswered.
The one thing we know for sure is that you should watch out for careening cars while shopping for your vegetables.
This post has been updated to include information from the SFPD.