09/28/2010

Calif. chief rear-ended by driver fiddling with cell phone

He had already seen the woman in the exit of a nearby store, where she had been sitting in her car focused on the phone

By Janis Mara
San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It's bad enough to get in a crash while fiddling with a cell phone, but a motorist in Richmond had even worse luck Friday. Not only did she rear-end the driver in front of her — he turned out to be the city's chief of police.

The 58-year-old woman, a Pinole resident, driving about 15 mph with her head down and holding a cell phone, approached a red light behind an unmarked city of Richmond police car on San Pablo Avenue near MacDonald Avenue about 9 a.m. Friday, police Chief Chris Magnus said.

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