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Fatal Accident on Bridgeway

Post Date:09/14/2018 1:00 PM
On Monday, September 10 at approximately 11:39 p.m., an officer from the Sausalito Police Department was attempting to turn northbound onto Bridgeway from Nevada Street when he was almost struck by a 1999 Honda Accord. The Honda was traveling northbound on Bridgeway at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of Nevada.

While the officer attempted to catch up to the Honda in order to affect a traffic stop, the Honda struck a light pole and a banner pole in the 3000 block of Bridgeway and sustained heavy damage. Emergency medical aid was summoned for the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, who had suffered serious injuries. Upon arrival, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District declared the driver deceased. No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved in the accident.

The 3000 block of Bridgeway, which runs from Coloma Street to Ebbtide Avenue, was closed from approximately 11:40 p.m. until 9:49 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11 while officers conducted their investigation at the scene. The Sausalito Police Department was assisted by the Marin County Sheriff's Office and the Mill Valley Police Department while conducting their preliminary investigation. Sausalito Police Department officers and detectives are continuing their investigation to determine the cause and circumstances of the accident.

The Sausalito Department of Public Works has inspected the light pole and the banner pole and determined that the damage they sustained does not present an imminent hazard.

The driver killed in the accident was Ginger Elizabeth Flath, a 49-year-old Sausalito resident. The name of the victim was released by the Coroner's Division of the Marin County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, September 12, after next of kin had been notified.

The Sausalito Police Department provided text and email updates on the Bridgeway closure via Nixle, a communications platform used to advise the Sausalito community of fires, police incidents, disasters, or other emergencies. To register for Nixle, visit the Nixle registration page and follow instructions. You can also text your ZIP code to 888777 to automatically sign up for text alerts.

The extent of damage sustained by the vehicle in the accident is a reminder to us all of the danger to life and property posed by moving vehicles regardless of speed. Please be an alert driver and remember that a moment of carelessness could lead to the loss of your life, the life of a loved one, or the life of another driver or a pedestrian. 
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