Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Migden causes minor car accident

State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) caused a minor three-vehicle accident late this morning (Friday, May 18) in Fairfield that left one person injured, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to a report on Sacramento station KCRA’s Web site, the crash occurred at 10:45 a.m. along Highway 12 close to Beck Avenue. The NBC affiliate reported that the vehicle Migden was driving rear-ended another vehicle, which in turn rear-ended another car.

Migden walked away from the accident unscathed, though authorities said a passenger in the first vehicle that was struck complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital.

Migden was taken to the CHP office in Fairfield, according to the station’s report, and she was later seen driving away from the office in her damaged vehicle. The CHP told the station that Migden was likely trying to read directions while driving, a factor that may have played a role in the wreck.

CHP spokesman Marvin Williford did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Migden’s office released a statement Friday afternoon saying that while the senator was driving to a meeting in Marin, Migden’s cell phone rang and in reaching for the phone she took her eyes off the road.

“She was not injured, and later passed a routine Breathalyzer test and then she drove her car home. Senator Migden is very grateful that no one was seriously injured,” read the statement.

According to a report on, Migden rear-ended a 2005 Honda sedan, which was slowing to a stop behind a van that had already stopped at a red signal light. The report said that Migden told CHP officers that she had gotten lost while driving to her noon meeting when the accident occurred.

The CHP said Migden, an out lesbian and top leader of Senate Democrats, was not cited nor was there any evidence of alcohol involved, according to the KCRA report. The CHP reportedly had to secure the bumper of Migden’s car to make it drivable.

She was driving her new state-issued 2007 Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV, which replaced her previous taxpayer funded 2005 Cadillac STS. quoted Williford as saying that the SUV suffered dents on the front grill, which prevented the hood from shutting properly. The vehicle was towed to the nearby CHP office where officers used duct-tape and a coat hanger to keep it shut before Migden drove off, Williford said.

It is not the first time Migden, who is facing a tough re-election battle next year, has been in the news for a car accident. Last June she reportedly damaged her old Cadillac and ripped a side-view mirror off after she swerved to avoid hitting a Muni bus that had stopped in front of her at 24th and Noe. No one was injured in the incident.

— Matthew S. Bajko, May 18, 2007 @ 3:17 pm PST
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