Twenty-six months after a tragic accident, Council member Ken Bukowski's SUV still bears the scars of a crash that took the life of 56-year-old Michael Smela, as these shocking exclusive photos show.
Smela was on foot patrolling the 5300 block of Hollis Street for his employer, Novartis, when he was struck and killed. The then mayor was driving home from a city meeting to collect public input on a proposed pedestrian bridge.
Police declined to perform a sobriety test. It was ruled an accident.
The city settled a lawsuit with the stricken man's widow for an undisclosed sum.
A neighbor said seeing the vehicle,"gives me the creeps."
These un-retouched photos were snapped recently outside the blighted Bukowski compound on Doyle Street by our intrepid Emeryville Tattler photographer.