Car Crash Creates Big Bang on Bocana

There was some unwelcome excitement on Bocana yesterday, as a vehicle rollover disrupted the evening. Reader Paulie from the Bernalwood Action News Team was there with his mobile phone, and he filed this report:

The accident happened near Chuck’s Market on Bocana. The driver floored it when he made the turn off Cortland. He lost control and hit a parked car. Then his van rolled. A guy who lives nearby tried to get the driver out with help from a sledgehammer. The driver is OK, but he may have been drunk, according to a witness.

Reader Jillian was also on the scene, and she filed some additional photos. Here’s the parked car that was hit. (Sad):

UPDATE: Aaaaaaand more photos. New neighbor and photojournalist Adrian Mendoza was out for a walk when the accident happened, and snapped this one:

UPDATE: Confirmed, the driver was DUI:

From the SFPD Ingleside Police Station newsletter:

5:44pm 200 Blk Bocana D.U.I./Collision
Officers Hom and Castillo responded to the area regarding a vehicle accident. Upon arrival, Officers found a silver Mazda mini-van that had flipped over after striking a parked car. SFFD and Paramedics were already on scene rendering aid to the driver and sole occupant. The driver had made spontaneous statements to Paramedics indicating that he had been drinking prior to the collision. Officers escorted the driver to the hospital and could quickly detect the strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath and person. Due to the severity of the injuries sustained, he was unable to complete any field sobriety tests. A blood draw was completed and he was issued a citation for driving under the influence. Report Number 110737997

UPDATE: Steve Rhodes rolled the satellite truck to get heart-stopping footage of The Righting of the Minivan. Watch real towing professionals, in ACTION (Action… action…):

PHOTOS: Top, Reader Paulie. Middle, Reader Jillian. Bottom, Adrian Mendoza

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6 thoughts on “Car Crash Creates Big Bang on Bocana

  1. That upsets me to hear that alcohol may have been involved, this was right outside my house and could have been way worse. I have to say, all the neighbors jumped into action, many came out with sledgehammers, the nurse across the street was one of the first to come running out, without shoes to say the least! I was looking out the window with my puppy when it happened, we could not see it, only hear it cause of the big bottle brush tree, but wow – what a trippy noise..could not figure out what was happening. Go Bocana Street neighbors!!!

  2. Whoa! That is terrible! Glad to hear that the neighbors responded in classic Bernalwood fashion and that this wasn’t worse ( esp. since that is a route often used by pedestrians heading up to the Hill).

  3. Details from the Ingleside Police Station newsletter:

    5:44pm 200 Blk Bocana D.U.I./Collision
    Officers Hom and Castillo responded to the area regarding a vehicle accident. Upon arrival, Officers found a silver Mazda mini-van that had flipped over after striking a parked car. SFFD and Paramedics were already on scene rendering aid to the driver and sole occupant. The driver had made spontaneous statements to Paramedics indicating that he had been drinking prior to the collision. Officers escorted the driver to the hospital and could quickly detect the strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath and person. Due to the severity of the injuries sustained, he was unable to complete any field sobriety tests. A blood draw was completed and he was issued a citation for driving under the influence. Report Number 110737997

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