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Alleged DUI Motorcyclist Strikes San Francisco Cable Car Operator


SAN FRANCISCO – Police told that a San Francisco Muni cable car operator sustained a traumatic brain injury after being hit by an impaired motorcyclist Thursday night. The incident happened at San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood at about 10:27 p.m.

The cable car operator was hit when he was getting out of the cable car at the corner of Taylor and Francisco streets; the impaired driver hit him from back, told San Francisco Police Officer Grace Gatpandan. He added, “They detained a motorcycle driver. This was not a hit-and-run. Ultimately the driver was placed under arrest for felony DUI”. The police officer confirmed that the impaired motor cyclist was identified as 22-year-old William Makepeace.

The 50-year-old cable car operator sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident including a fractured skull and brain injury for which he was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital in serious condition and admitted there for treatment.

Director of Transit operations for the San Francisco Municipal Transportations Agency, John Haley said, “I offer our most heartfelt thoughts to the family and friends of the Muni operator who was injured in the tragic event Thursday night. We all pull for a full recovery for our colleague.”

News Source: www.KTVU.com

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I handle DUI cases exclusively and have been practicing for over 25 years.