Woman Injured in Bizarre Rollover on Throckmorton

Police say the front right wheel of the driver's Honda Accord hooked into the back left wheel of a parked car, whipping her car into a tailspin. She sustained minor injuries.

A 79-year-old woman was injured Monday afternoon when her green Honda Accord struck a parked car and careened into a tailspin that flipped the Honda onto its roof in the middle of Throckmorton Ave., according to police.

The driver, Marina Perez of San Bruno, was heading east on the 400 block of Throckmorton towards the  at around 3 p.m. when the front right wheel of the Accord apparently "hooked into" the back left wheel of a parked car on the right, said Cpl. Ian Maddison. 

The collision whipped the Honda into a tailspin and sent it rolling over onto its roof, Maddison added.

"The physics of it just worked out that the back of her car swung all the way around," Maddison said.

Police and fire crews were called to the scene and extricated the woman from the Honda. The parked car was unoccupied at the time, Maddison said.

Perez sustained minor injuries to her upper torso and lower back, as well as a small laceration on her right hand. She was transported to Marin General Hospital. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Perez told police that she was following a local resident who agreed to show her how to get out of town after she'd become lost in the neighborhood. Perez said she "hit something" in the street that caused her vehicle to go to the right before she collided with the other car at approximately 20mph.

Maddison said there was no evidence to support the driver's claim that she hit something else in the street before the collision. He also said drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the incident.

Bud Wiesser June 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM
No, it was Old Age that caused the accident. Just saying. Glad no Old Mill kids were affected by this horrible example of driving. Old drivers need annual driving exams. And I'm not just picking on seniors...senior high school kids are also the worst drivers around. I used to be 1, and am not looking forward to being the other.
Howard Bertenthal June 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I live on the 400 Block of Throckmorton. That car was not going 20 mph. This block has seen many property damage accidents with parked cars damaged with two of them totalled. The preceding intersection at Josephine is at the bottom of a hill and is banked the wrong way. It is all too common for drivers to come down the hill going too fast, start to lose control when they hit the outward facing intersection pavement and then start a series of over correcting and many times hitting one or more parked cars. The man leading her told the MV Police seargant he was going 20 but when I talked to him he said he didn't really see what happened and she could have been going faster at the time of the accident. My next door neighbor witnessed the accident and informed the police that she was going at least 30 when she lost control. I tried talking to the seargant but he blew me off and told me the roadway problem is a Public Works problem not the PD's. The back bumper of the parked car was hit first and then the wheel was hit. For the investigation coming to the conclusion reported in this article is pathetic. Until either the roadway is corrected or a stop sign posted on the downhill intersection of Throckmorton and Josephine these accidents will continue and it is only a matter of time before a serious injury or death will occur. It would be nice if the Public Works and PD actually looked at this and did an objective study before it is too late.
Heather June 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I, too, live on the 400 block of Throckmorton, and I agree with Howard. People drive way too fast on this street, both coming and going, residents and visitors. My kids and I have to cross the street to get to the sidewalk, and many times we've had to leap out of the way of some car careening around that curve. There should be a stop sign at Josephine to calm things down. The neighborhood has tried to get one before, but failed. Hopefully this accident will cause PW to think again.


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