Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Midgen's Wreck

A few days ago I posted about a car accident State Senator Carol Midgen was involved in. She was supposedly "reaching for her cell phone" which distracted her, causing the accident.

I was wondering if she was one of those who voted for the recently passed ban on using cell phones while driving.
According to this update on the accident in today's Sacramento Bee, she did vote for the cell phone ban.

Witnesses say she wasn't driving all that before the wreck, either.

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Update: Ouch! This report on this incident from the Los Angeles Times, while shorter, makes it sound worse.

The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat's coverage seems to be a bit milder.


At 10:59 AM, Blogger Rose said...


At 1:09 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Fred, The media sources you link are interesting and predictably whitewash the incident. There is more to the story:"Migden claims that she was on state business, going to Marin County, and "missed her exit." However, Fairfield, where she injured the driver and young child, is many miles from the I-80 exit for Marin County. She apparently did not notice that she went across the half-mile long Carquinez Bridge (dual spans approximately 2500 feet long) instead of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (a single span with two decks, 5.5 miles long). Incidentally, tolls are paid before crossing both bridges in the direction she was driving.

Her district includes San Francisco and Marin County areas, and she must be closely familiar with both bridges, since the Carquinez Bridge is on the route from San Francisco to Sacramento. I find it utterly implausible that she could "miss an exit" and drive about 20 miles across a very different bridge than her intended route without notice and be without mental impairment."
This appears to be political power issue rather than a partisan one but indicative of the types sent to legislatures by the bay area.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

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At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Women drivers, no survivors!

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd hate to have been the poor civil servant in khaki who got stuck handling that incident. I wonder how many times they had to endure the "I'm a senator, I'll have your job" speech. He/she will soon be on patrol in Needles in the 120 summer heat. It won't be long until the good senator announces that she "has an addiction" and will immediately be "in rehab". Classic do as I say not as I do.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Rose said...


At 6:56 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

3:13 PM: Leonidas had the "honor" of arriving on the scene in 1978 at a Malibu flood emergency wherein LAPD allowed a Mercedez Benz owned by Linda Ronstadt and driven by Governor Jerry Brown (very drunk) to pass a road block on PCH due to mud slides. Jerry drove over debris which damaged the car (busted oil pan) and caused it to stop. The governor (and Linda) were driven to her Malibu home by LASO deputies. That's how it works. Welcome to the world of political power.

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Latest word from Senator Midgen is her leukemia and resulting chemotherapy is responsible for her actions. Having some experience myself with leukemia/ lymphoma, it might well make sense. Either that, or be a convenient excuse.

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Godarents are from Topanga, and they said Linda Ronstadt was trying to sleep her way into power.In Topanga! Our Georgia Peach may be onto something.

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time for Sen. Migden to authorize complete and total release of all of her medical records, without comment and editing. The people of her district (and all of California, for that matter) deserve to know the full extent of her medical condition.


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