Surveillance video shows SF aerial hitting motorcyclist

The department is investigating whether fellow firefighters tried to cover for the apparatus driver

By Dan Noyes

SAN FRANCISCO — The ABC7 News I-Team has exclusive new information about what's turning out to be a complicated case — a firefighter apparently under the influence driving a ladder truck and hitting a motorcycle. The I-Team has obtained surveillance video showing the collision and uncovered new information about a corruption investigation into the San Francisco Fire Department.

The victim from that motorcycle crash in June now has an attorney, and they sent a claim this week to the city and county of San Francisco, the first step to a lawsuit. In addition to the DUI case against the firefighter, I've learned there's now another criminal investigation into his colleagues, who may have tried to cover for him.

Firefighter Michael Quinn, 43, had just left station one in a ladder truck on a Saturday night in June, on what turned out to be a false alarm. He drove three blocks until the surveillance video picks up. That's 5th Street heading right to left. The motorcycle came west on Howard, the road that's top to bottom. 

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