Twelve people suffered injuries in three unrelated vehicle collisions in the Richmond District over New Year’s weekend; in two of the incidents, victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
Suspects fleeing police cause rollover crash
In the first crash, which took place on Saturday, December 30th at 11am, two suspects driving a silver 2004 Mercedes CLK 500 were observed by police near Fulton and Arguello streets traveling in the opposite direction.
After officers made a U-turn to investigate what they described as “a suspicious vehicle,” the driver of the Mercedes “sped away and ran a red light, striking a family in an Acura,” reported SFPD. The impact of the crash caused the Acura to roll over and strike a wall outside Golden Gate Park.
Police said family members suffered a number of head injuries, but none were reportedly life-threatening. A 37-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man were transported to a hospital for treatment, along with their sons, ages 3 and five months.
The occupants of the Mercedes received non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver was arrested at the scene.
Motorcyclist accelerates into SUV
On New Year’s Day at 8:42am, a 29-year-old man riding a motorcycle westbound on Fulton Street accelerated into a sport-utility vehicle that was traveling westbound on 12th Avenue, according to police.
The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Delivery driver runs red light, injures 7
Several hours later at 3:30pm, a 2016 white box truck driven by a 62-year-old man traveling southbound on 21st Avenue at Geary Boulevard struck two pedestrians on the sidewalk before bouncing off a light pole and crashing into a car containing five people.
Two women, 43 and 39, complained of pain, but were treated at the scene and released with three boys who were 13, 10 and 7 years old.
A 79-year-old pedestrian was hospitalized and underwent surgery to stop his internal bleeding. A 77-year-old male pedestrian also suffered a broken rib and punctured lung, reports ABC7. Geary's eastbound lanes were closed for several hours after the incident.
According to video reviewed by police, the driver, who was making deliveries, entered Geary Boulevard when the light was red. Heather King, who was inside the vehicle struck by the truck, told ABC7 that the pedestrian who underwent surgery was thrown 10 to 15 feet by the crash’s impact.
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