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Driver 'blinded' by solar eclipse crashes into mother, daughter

May 21, 2012 |  5:06 pm

San Francisco eclipseA driver who hit a mother and 10-year-old daughter crossing a South San Francisco street Sunday told police she didn't see the two because she was blinded by the light — literally.

The 26-year-old San Bruno woman was driving west on Grand Avenue about 7:10 p.m. when she hit the 40-year-old woman and the girl at Walnut Avenue, the South San Francisco Police Department said.

The two were walking in a crosswalk, but the driver said she couldn’t see the intersection because she had been "temporarily blinded by glare during the solar eclipse."

The woman and her daughter, whose names were not released, were taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment, police said. The girl suffered a broken arm but no serious injuries were reported.

The driver was not charged.

The "ring of fire" eclipse drew millions of spectators around the world.

In Southern California, people flocked to landmarks such as the Griffith Observatory to get a glimpse of the rare partial eclipse, which won't be seen in Los Angeles for 59 years.


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Photo: The annular eclipse as seen in San Francisco. Credit: Frederic Larson / The Associated Press