Lawsuit Over Allegedly Drunk San Francisco Firefighter Accident

A motorcyclist badly hurt when he was struck by a San Francisco fire truck driven by an allegedly drunken firefighter has sued the city, saying it failed to properly train and supervise the firefighter, reports

Jack Frazier, 49, of Daly City suffered a collapsed lung, neck and back injuries, and fractured ribs and other broken bones when the ladder truck driven by Michael Quinn went through a red light at Fifth and Howard streets late June 29 and hit his 2002 Yamaha motorcycle.

Frazier was thrown into a fire hydrant. He was hospitalized for more than a month at a cost of more than $461,000, according to the claim his lawyer filed with the city last month.

The suit, filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, names the city and Quinn and seeks unspecified damages.

The city owed it to Frazier and other motorists to ensure that Quinn was properly trained and “did not pose a threat of harm to the public,” the suit says.

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