Leal leaves hospital
San Francisco Public Utilities head Susan Leal - who was struck
by a minivan
outside City Hall yesterday - was released from hospital this
File photo by Luke
By Ari Burack
December 18, 2007
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Susan
Leal was released from the hospital this morning and is expected
to return to work next week after being struck by a minivan Monday
in front of City Hall, an SFPUC spokesman said.
According to SFPUC spokesman Tony Winnicker, Leal suffered "significant
bruising and some general discomfort," but no major injuries
and is expected to make a full recovery. "At the advice of
physicians, she will return home to recuperate over the next several
days, but is expected to return to work fulltime next week,"
Winnicker said. She left the hospital at about 9 a.m., he said.
Leal was hit by a minivan in the crosswalk on the Polk Street
side of City Hall at about noon Monday, according to Winnicker.
She was thrown nearly 30 feet and taken to San Francisco General
Hospital for evaluation and treatment, he said.
San Francisco police said Monday that the driver was not cited
and was not believed to have been under the influence of alcohol
or drugs at the time of the accident.
Winnicker said a woman driving the minivan told police she did
not see Leal in the crosswalk, and pulled over afterward. The
driver was quite shaken as well, and was also taken to a hospital
for observation, Winnicker said.
Leal, a former San Francisco supervisor, was appointed to head
the SFPUC in 2004.
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