Ana Reepen of Daly City will be arraigned on two felony charges related to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is charged with driving the wrong way on Highway 1 on July 25, hitting and killing Pacifica motorist Bruce Bernor. The arraignment is on Friday, September 11 at 9 a.m. in Redwood City Superior Court.
A two-alarm blaze Tuesday morning tore through a beloved bar in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, dealing a blow to loyal customers who saw the watering hole as a second home. The fire at the Riptide bar at 3639 Taraval Street, a popular hangout for locals and surfers, broke out around 10:15 a.m. and within 90 minutes the bar was gutted, fire officials said. “It was a home. Everyone came here,” said Alisha Liscinsky, general manager of the bar between 46th and 47th avenues.
The National Weather Service reports there were 978 lightning strikes between 8 p.m. and midnight last night. Oakland and Hayward only had .01 inch of rain. Locations in Contra Costa County had as much as .03 inches. Some .08 inches fell in Corralitos, in Santa Cruz County, while nearby Pleasant Valley had .04 inches and Watsonville recorded .11 inches. Santa Clara County's figures ranged from .01 to .04 inches, with the most rain falling in the south part of the county. San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin were dry.
From the Chronicle site: The Bay Area and coastal regions to the south saw some 1,000 lightning strikes overnight, thanks to a low-pressure system that also brought a smattering of light rain. The lightning began about 8 p.m. Thursday along the Big Sur coast and moved north through Santa Cruz and into the South Bay before heading over to the East Bay close to midnight, said Steve Anderson, a National Weather Service forecaster. “There were all kinds of lightning strikes — cloud to ground, cloud to cloud, in-cloud and cloud to air,” Anderson said. Of the estimated 1,000 lightning strikes between 8 p.m. and midnight, only 150 of them hit the ground, Anderson said.
What Did Ana Reepen See? As she exited the Sea Bowl/Surf Spot parking lot, photo #1 (top) shows what DUI/manslaughter suspect Ana Reepen might have seen on Highway 1 on July 25, assuming there was no highway traffic to offer additional clues. This photo shows a second parking lot exit only a few feet from the highway intersection, which Reepen might have used instead of the parking lot main exit. This photo also shows that the double yellow lines separating traffic on Sea Bowl Lane have almost completely faded approaching the highway. A tiny one-way (north) sign can be seen on the highway median barrier. Photo #2 (bottom) shows Reepen's view of northbound Highway 1, depending on which lane Ms. Reepen entered onto Sea Bowl Lane after exiting the parking lot. See related story below for more details on the accident that killed popular Pacifica hair stylist Bruce Bernor. (Story and photos by Alan Wald)
Would WRONG WAY signs make a difference? Below, Pacifica.city photoshops warning signs into Alan Wald's uphill shot from the offramp on northbound Highway 1.
Riptide asked Acting Police Chief Daniel Steidle: "Do you think the drunk driver may have come out of Sea Bowl or Surf Spot and turned left onto northbound Highway 1?" Steidle replied: "On the record, that's exactly what she did!"
Highway 1 was closed July 25-26 for several hours in both directions between Linda Mar and Rockaway due to a deadly traffic accident: a head-on collision on the northbound side. Click link above for details on the arrest of a wrong-way DUI suspect on a vehicular manslaughter charge. Accident description and photos below, courtesy of Pacifica.city:
Northbound on Highway 1 between Crespi and Rockaway Beach Avenue. Black Jaguar XJ6 with one of its left tires off over the concrete wall on the dry side of the highway. Looks like A pillars were clipped by jaws of life by Fire/EMTs and the roof peeled back. Dark silver Honda Civic CRV spun perpendicular to highway with rear end up on center divider. Acting Police Chief Dan Steidle on hand personally directing the scene.
From Linda Mar Beach at Crespi to Rockaway Beach, a vandal (or vandals) tagged benches and trees sometime between Saturday morning, July 25 and Sunday night, July 26. Note that the middle photo shows graffiti expressing some vague "political statement" about Donald Trump and the ivory trade -- think GOP and elephant? (Pacifica.city photos)
On July 23, Cal Fire ground crews, two helicopters, and a tanker plane using bright red fire retardant (above) joined forces to douse a small brushfire on the hillside above the Little League fields in East Fairway Park. The firefighting helicopters used water from Sharp Park Golf Course ponds. Shelldance nursery is seen in the foreground. (Ian Butler photo; information gathered by Ian Butler, Chris Fogel on NextDoor, Kevin Kelly on Sweeney Ridge, and Pacifica.city)
Paving has begun on the new Highway 1 bridge over San Pedro Creek. Our photographer muses: "An eerily gorgeous scene, reminiscent of a Diego Rivera mural, the smell of asphalt heavy, mixed with the salt air, at 2 a.m." (Photos by www.Pacifica.city)
Pacifican Maxine Hines says that the state Employment Development Department (EDD) unnecessarily exposes millions of Californians to risk of identity theft by publishing their full Social Security numbers on mailed documents and forms easily accessible to thieves. California lawmakers want to force EDD to stop printing Social Security numbers on documents sent through the U.S. mail. Click links above for more details.