Feb 18, 2015
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A 41-year-old Oakland woman had to be extricated from a vehicle by Richmond fire crews early Wednesday following a crash, a fire captain said.

Crews from Engine 64 and Rescue 67 of the Richmond Fire Department responded to the scene of the collision in the 5600 block of Burlingame Avenue about 6 a.m., Capt. Rico Rincon said.

The woman’s vehicle had crashed into several parked cars before coming to rest at a tree, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. She was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police are investigating whether the woman was under the influence at the time of the crash. One of RPD’s top DUI officers said she appeared under the influence and that a bottle of alcohol and drug paraphernalia were found in her vehicle, Abetkov said.


The woman has yet to be charged as investigators await the results of a toxicology report.

The video below shows fire crews removing the driver side door in order to remove the victim from the vehicle.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.