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Four months after a shocking hit and run involving a fire truck and a motorcycle, the county of San Francisco, the city and the driver of the truck are being sued.
43 year old Michael Quinn, was piloting his fire truck near the intersection of 5th and Howard Streets, when, with the traffic signal clearly showing red, the truck blows through the intersection colliding with 49 year old motorcyclist Jack Frazier, sending him careening through the intersection and into a fire hydrant across the street. Frazier suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, numerous broken bones, neck and spinal injuries. The injuries have cost him thousands in hospital bills.
When informed by his chief that he would need to undergo sobriety tests, Quinn departed the scene, heading to the nearest tavern to guzzle back a few pitchers of water in an effort to mask any signs of intoxication. It took a few hours for Quinn to be tested, and when he did, results showed that he had a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.13, well above the legal limit of 0.08. Quinn was immediately arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Since the incident, Quinn has been suspended from duty.
The San Francisco county district attorney’s office has opened an investigation into Quinn’s case, but so far has not pressed any charges. The lawsuit states, “Michael Quinn… drove the City of San Francisco Fire Department fire truck under the influence of alcohol with a conscious disregard for the rights and safety of others”.
This hasn’t been the first time in the San Francisco Fire Departments long tenure that there have been complaints of firefighters drinking on the job. Numerous former employees and people with connections inside San Francisco firehouses have said that some firefighters even drink regularly during on-the-job cocktail hours. In fact, a 4-year-veteran filed harassment charges against the city of San Francisco claiming that alcohol was and still is prevalent and that high-ranking, fire department officials ignore and even tolerate this type of behavior.
As for motorcyclist Jack Frazier – he has been re-hospitalized three times since spending a month in the hospital after the accident.
Motorcycle Lawyer Chuck Koro, of Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®, says Frazier “is concerned about this issue and he would like to see that something more be done.”
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