Like all good people, I was in bed at 12:14 this morning, when Appeal contrib Katie Baker emailed, saying “Just passed a cop scene in front of Virgin Megastore because a car ran into the store?? It looks like it hit an escalator?”

While our call to SFPD remains unanswered (same is true for SF Weekly’s), KRON4 broadcast confirms that the accident happened at about 10 last night, when what looks like compact sedan crashed through the doors of the long-closed store at Market and Stockton.

“Hundreds of people were in the area at the time” KRON says, but no injuries were reported. Police, they say, are investigating the cause and circumstances of the crash.

No word yet on what Baker was doing on Market Street past midnight on a school night, we’ll update when we hear more.

Update 1:30 PM: While Baker’s stayed suspiciously silent regarding why she was out so late last night, SF Weekly has managed to get more details on the crash from SFPD.

According to their report, “a big rig pulling a white trailer” and the car you see in the video were traveling southbound on Stockton, preparing to cross Market to continue down 4th St.

According to the car’s driver, the big rig drifted into the car’s lane, causing the driver to swerve into the store. Luckily, no one was injured, but the trucker, witnesses say, didn’t stop, and is now accused of misdemeanor hit-and-run.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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