On November 16th 2014, at approximately 12:30 am, a 20 year old South San Francisco resident, Juan Lopez, was driving a new sports car northbound on the 500 block of Eucalyptus Avenue, in South San Francisco at a high rate of speed. Lopez lost control of the vehicle and collided into a large PG&E power pole and an AT&T phone line control panel, on Eucalyptus Avenue at Tamarack Lane. The collision caused the power pole to fall onto the roadway and it sheared off the AT&T phone line control panel. Lopez attempted to flee the scene of the collision but he was apprehended a short distance away. Lopez was determined to be driving the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage at the time of the collision and he was subsequently arrested following a DUI investigation. Lopez sustained non life threatening injuries as a result of the collision and there are no other reported victims. The collision resulted in approximately 170 PG&E customers losing power and AT&T phone service. PG&E is actively working on restoring the power and the repairs are expected to be complete sometime today.
We received some photos of this accident on our facebook page as neighbors were wanting to know why PGE was out. We are very fortunate there were no serious injuries associated with this accident. PGE offers an interactive website which shows where outages have occurred and estimated time of repair, and allows residents to receive updates as needed. Please CLICK HERE for that website.