Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was involved in a minor vehicle collision in West Oakland this evening and has said that she was not on her cellphone at the time of the crash.
Police said the two-vehicle collision was reported at 5:39 p.m. near the intersection of 26th and Market streets in West Oakland.
According to statements released at about 10 p.m. this evening through the Mayor’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, she said she was driving between two community events when another vehicle struck her vehicle’s left-rear tire.
“I immediately pulled over and checked to make sure no one was hurt: it appeared everyone was all right and their well-being was my first priority,” Quan said in a Facebook post.
Quan has been photographed in recent weeks using a mobile device inside her vehicle, but said that she was not using a cellphone at the time of today’s crash.
“Police are investigating what led to the collision and I’m going to let them do their job and report out the details. I am also submitting my phone records to the investigators, which will confirm that I was not on my phone at the time,” Quan said.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation, police said.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News