Controller Injured in Tube Crash
A mid-afternoon collision blocked all lanes of the Posey Tube last Friday. At 3:28 p.m., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was driving State Controller Betty Yee and her husband in an unmarked car out of Dignitary Protection Section. According to CHP, a drug-impaired driver, Aaron Ba Sean George, hit their car. George suffered major injuries. Alameda Fire Department transported him, Yee and her husband to the hospital.
A Toyota Camry driven by an adult female pushed the state vehicle forward. The collision did not injure the driver of this car. CHP suspects George of driving under the influence of marijuana; authorities will book him into the local county jail upon his release from the hospital.
The CHP driver had stopped the state vehicle in the number-one lane when George rear-ended it. Yee, her husband and the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
One motorist reported cars backed up from Park Street to Grand Street along Clement Avenue as officials closed the Posey Tube to investigate and clear the scene. Traffic was directed to other crossings for several hours.