SFPUC head Susan Leal hospitalized
after being struck by minivan at City Hall
Driver not intoxicated
San Francisco Public Utilities head Susan Leal was struck by a
outside City Hall earlier today.
File photo by Luke
By Ari Burack
December 17, 2007
A driver who struck and injured San Francisco Public Utilities
Commission General Manager Susan Leal outside City Hall earlier
today is not believed to have been intoxicated at the time and
has not been charged, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman
said this afternoon.
Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said police continue to investigate
the incident, which was reported at 11:57 a.m.
A green Plymouth van struck Leal in the crosswalk on the Polk
Street side of City Hall, according to Mannina.
The driver has not yet been cited and police do not believe the
driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he said.
SFPUC spokesman Tony Winniker said the vehicle, a minivan, threw
Leal about 30 feet but doctors so far have not found any broken
bones or other internal injuries, and she is now recovering at
San Francisco General Hospital.
"She's stable. She's alert. She's coherent," Winniker
said. "She's actually in good spirits in spite of taking
a pretty tough hit," he added.
Winniker 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, Winniker said.
According to Winniker, Leal will be held overnight for observation
at the hospital.
"She will be quite bruised from the impact and the landing,"
Winniker said, adding, "It could have been much worse."
Winniker said Leal is "eager to get back to work as soon
as possible" and is "grateful for the quality of care
at San Francisco General."
Leal, a former San Francisco supervisor, was appointed to head
the SFPUC in 2004.
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