Wondering what the big commotion was in downtown Menlo on Tuesday afternoon? Here’s the scoop.

by Linda Hubbard on December 7, 2010

A 62-year-old Atherton woman wove her way through downtown Menlo Park Tuesday afternoon (12/7) in bumper car fashion, hitting four parked cars and injuring two people.

The Menlo Park Police Department arrested Margaret Brill at the scene, described by MPPD as “an impaired driver.” She allegedly hit the first car while backing out of a parking stall in the parking plaza to the rear of the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. That car hit another parked car, pinning a man between the two cars. Several bystanders were able to pull the vehicles apart and free the man, who was taken to Stanford Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to MPPD, Brill did not stop and continued driving out of the parking plaza, turning right onto Curtis Avenue and right onto eastbound Santa Cruz Avenue where she fishtailed. The rear of her vehicle hit two more parked vehicles. A woman was in one of the parked cars; she was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The incident came to an end when the suspect vehicle hit the center median and ran into a tree in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Bystanders ran to the car and were able to take the keys from the suspect until police arrived on scene. Brill was later booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, reckless driving, and hit and run causing injury.

The Menlo Park Police Department would like anyone who witnessed the incident and “the heroic citizens who assisted at the scene” to contact the department at (650) 330-6300 to provide more information.


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