Posts Tagged ‘ABC 7’

So the Deadly “80 MPH” Mercedes Benz Accident of Jennie Zhu was due to “Pedal Misapplication?” That’s One Theory

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This is news to me:

Zhu reportedly told police that the car may have malfunctioned and that it began accelerating* on its own. ABC7 news has learned that investigators brought in an engineer from Mercedes Benz and experts from the California Highway Patrol to look into that possibility. Court records state that they ‘found there were no mechanical issues that could explain unintended acceleration.’”

Other reports had driver Jennie Zhu even unwilling to speak to her attorney.

That makes this accident look more like a run-of-the-mill case of pedal misapplication.

I’ll just say that if her foot had been on the brake and she was pressing hard, there’s no way that her car would have done what it did.

Here’s a brief checklist of things you can do when your car takes off on you:

Make sure your foot is on the brake pedal (because it’s not there the way you think it is**)

Use your emergency brake

Throw the gear selector into Neutral.

Turn off the ignition by turning your key to the left (or do whatever you had planned to do to turn your car off after you arrived at your destination)

Scrape up against parked cars on either side of the road in order to slow down

Those are just a few ideas.

Solving this mystery would have been helped if driver Jennie Zhu had been more forthcoming. At this point, it’s very possible we’ll never know the full details of what occurred.

But her telling the police that the Mercedes just took off on her is probably good enough to keep her from any jail time in SF, IMO. This is a much better story than her saying that she was in a hurry and was trying to beat the red lights on a street that, more or less, has timed*** lights.

At the end of this thing, nobody’s going to believe that the car just took off on its own and she had her foot hard on the brake the whole time.

*”Unintended acceleration resulting from pedal misapplication is a driver error wherein the driver presses the accelerator when braking is intended. Some shorter drivers’ feet may not be long enough to touch the floor and pedals, making them more likely to press the wrong pedal due to a lack of proper spatial or tactile reference. Pedal misapplication may be related to pedal design and placement, as in cases where the brake and accelerator are too close to one another, or the accelerator pedal too large.”

**Now if you want to make your brakes fail by boiling your brake fluid through misuse like that guy in SoCal did with his Prius, well then be my guest. But the accident you cause will be on you.

***More or less. But on this stretch of Pine, it’s possible a jackrabbit start will get you through a few yellow lights and on your way westward. Depending on the traffic, this might save you a minute or two when travelling from Polk to Buchanan on Pine.

Christmas on Sixth Street! At Long Last, Our City Family Puts Up Lighted Snowflakes from Lower Market to Mid-Market

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is unprecedented.

This is the City Family extending the Market Street lighted Christmas snowflake zone all the way to Mid-Market.

See?

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They used to stop at 5th Street, but now they don’t – they go farther this year.

Hurray!

Won’t this please our corporate overlords at Twitter? (Probably not, but, you know, can’t hurt to try.)

All right, come to the annual lighting ceremony with the Mayor this Thursday evening, if you want:

“Snowflakes on Market – Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17, 2011 through mid-January 2012

More than 140 five-foot-wide energy-saving LED illuminated snowflakes will decorate Market Street’s signature “Path of Gold” light poles this winter from Second to Sixth streets. A lighting ceremony, featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. near the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.marketstreetassociation.org

It will go a little something like this, probably.

Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

Those are Nutcracker-starring “Snowflakes” from the San Francisco Ballet. (The run starts up again December 9th this year.) Jessica Carter is the snowflake in the middle, so I’m told.

Happy Holidays!

“Lovely Oakland Street With a Dead Body in the Middle of It” by Amy Hollyfield of ABC7 TV News

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Lovely Oakland street with a dead body in the middle of it:

Via Amy Hollyfield

Amy Hollyfield’s Fashion Update: A Strong “NO” for Those New Foot-Glove Sock Sandal Things

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

[UPDATE: We have a Minority Report in the Comments Section. Are these things called Vibram Five Fingers or something? News to me.]

ABC 7 News Reporter Amy Hollyfield pauses to make an observation:

These r so ugly I seriously can’t take it. On my photog. http://twitgoo.com/2d2khv

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Agreed.

Gavin Newsom, Spencer Christian and the San Francisco Ballet Snowflakes to Light Up Market Street at 6:30 PM Tonight

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Our Market Street Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Market Street Snowflake Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 PM tonight.

Just like last year.

Mayor Gavin Newsom with the Snowflake Girls in 2009 near the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround at the dramatic “Moment of Lighting.” Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

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Market Street Snowflake Lighting

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Powell & Market Street

3rd Annual Market Street Snowflake Lighting Ceremony
November 18th at 6:30pm
Powell & Market Streets at the Cable Car turnaround

The Market Street Association organized event of the 3rd annual Market Street Holiday Snowflake lighting will kick off the downtown Holiday season. 142 snowflake decorations will adorn the historic Path of Gold lampposts from 2nd through 6th Streets. Spencer Christian of ABC 7 news will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event. “Snowflakes” from the SF Ballet will be on hand to help with the count down to the official lighting.

Sign-holding Frank Chu and Jesus Loves You Guy expected.

See you there!