Supe's Tweet: Hey, I Just Almost Got Killed!

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Supervisor Mar! Both ways! Look both ways!
For some legislators, Twitter is a useful means for letting people know that you've passed a bill. This weekend for Supervisor Eric Mar, however, it was a means for letting folks know that he'd almost passed into the great beyond.

While strolling hand-in-hand with his 9-year-old daughter, Jade, to lunch at a favorite restaurant, Mar was nearly flattened by driver who blew through a crosswalk and just kept going:

&Jade this aftrnoon (sic) were almost run down by a car speeding through the Balboa/37thAve big yellow-lined crosswalk near Lafayette Elem School
"It was a near miss," recalls Mar to SF Weekly. "It was starting to drizzle and we were clearly at the big, yellow-lined area near Lafayette School. It seems like they didn't even realize they nearly hit us. They zoomed off without even realizing it -- or maybe they just didn't care."

Short of a Raskolnikov-style confession, don't expect the driver who nearly marred the Mars' weekend to be apprehended. The supervisor says he was so shaken up that he didn't get a good look at the speeding vehicle. He thinks it may have been a "typical Japanese Honda or Toyota," but also worries that he just had Hondas and Toyotas on the brain because he was thinking about how often they're broken into in his neighborhood (and, either way, you can't find a more ubiquitous, innocuous car -- no wonder they always top the most-stolen list). 

Naturally -- the man is a public servant -- Mar saw his near-death experience as a teachable moment. He now feels even more strongly that the pedestrian safety measures already under way between 34th and 39th Avenues are a good idea. He says he now "knows the human costs of traffic accidents a lot more directly."

Well, fair enough.

Finally, it warrants mentioning that Mar was not tweeting with his free hand while nearly being mowed down.
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