OAKLAND -- While police continue investigating a car crash last month involving Mayor Jean Quan, a separate dispute has broken out over whether the mayor provided the required insurance documentation to the other driver.

Attorney Charles Kelly, who is representing Lakisha Lovely, said the mayor brushed aside his client's request for insurance information following their June 8 collision at the intersection of 26th and Market streets.

"She walked over to the mayor and asked for her information," Kelly said. "The mayor waved her off and said, 'My office will be in touch.'"

Quan's spokesman, Sean Maher, said Lovely never made the request and that the mayor provided her with her driver's license information and phone numbers for her office and Public Works Director Brooke Levin.

Oakland mayor Jean Quan addresses the media June 9, 2014, about her car accident the previous day at 26th and Market streets outside City Hall in Oakland.
Oakland mayor Jean Quan addresses the media June 9, 2014, about her car accident the previous day at 26th and Market streets outside City Hall in Oakland. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

The city-leased Lexus driven by Quan was insured through a city policy overseen by Oakland's Public Works Agency. Because the mayor was driving from a job-related community meeting at the time of the accident, the city's insurance policy is responsible for any damages, city officials said.

Last month's collision made headlines in part because it came less than a week after television reports showed Quan using her cell phone while operating her personal car. Witnesses to the accident gave conflicting accounts as to whether the mayor was using her phone.

Quan said she was not using her phone during the June 8 collision. She has not yet supplied phone records from the time of the crash.


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State law requires that an automobile owner, upon request, supply insurance information following an accident. However, the law also states that a driver can show evidence of insurance by filing a report indicating that the car was owned or leased by a government agency.

Maher said the city had made that filing with police. He also said there was an insurance card inside the car at the time of the accident.

Kelly, who is planning to file a claim against the city, said his client, a 36-year-old nurse's aide, suffered a back injury in the crash. He said she was waiting for the insurance information -- and potentially the completion of the police investigation -- before getting her car repaired.

"If she goes through her own insurance to get her car fixed she has to pay a $500 deductible," he said. "She's a working mother and that's not money she has in her wallet."

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said an investigator is reviewing documents and testimony from multiple witnesses. "It is unsure at this time when to expect the report," she wrote.

Staff writer Karina Ioffee contributed to this story. Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.