SAN DIEGO (AP) — Melissa Bonney Ratcliff, a one-time aide to former Vice President Al Gore, has been killed by an elderly motorist's out-of-control car in San Diego.
The coroner's office says the 45-year-old Ratcliff was struck Tuesday afternoon as she got out of her vehicle in the La Jolla (HOY'-uh) area and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
From 1999 to 2000, Ratcliff was deputy director of communications for Gore. She was also a press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.
U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/1vNXsEz) that Gore issued a statement saying Ratcliff was an integral part of the White House team.
Ratcliff, a mother of three children, was currently an executive with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
A San Diego police spokesman tells the newspaper the accident is under investigation.
Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com