A woman was struck and killed this morning on Fell and Broderick at around 6:30 and Tomioka confirmed what your humble narrator thought he saw -- that was a Channel 7 helicopter (theirs is the blue one; the San Francisco Police Department, incidentally, does not have a helicopter, though the California Highway Patrol does).
When asked how low news helicopters are permitted to fly, Tomioka answered "pretty low." Sometimes, in fact, police order them to go higher as they interfere with SFPD communications.
That wasn't the case this time -- though the communications abilities of those on the ground wondering what the hell was going on were certainly impeded. Still, considering the fate of that star-crossed pedestrian, no one should complain too loudly. Not that anyone would hear you.