Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on October 14, 2019
5 injured, 1 critically in series of hit-and-runs on Divisadero [Updated]Photo: BanCarsinCities/Twitter

Five people were hospitalized, one of them in life-threatening condition, after a collision between a trio of vehicles last night outside the Independent (628 Divisadero St., at Hayes). 

According to police, the incident occurred just before 8 p.m. Photos from the scene show that at least two of the vehicles were badly crumpled, and Fire Department crews had to use the "Jaws of Life" device to free the injured passengers from the wreckage. 

The surrounding blocks of Divisadero were closed off for several hours as police investigated the crash and removed the vehicles. 

Police declined to provide further details on the cause of the collision. We'll continue to update this post as we learn more. 

Update, October 16, 5:08 p.m.: According to police, the incident was actually caused by three separate collisions — all stemming from an alleged hit-and-run attempt by an intoxicated 24-year-old driver, Davon Hamilton of San Francisco.

The first crash occurred at McAllister and Divisadero streets, where police say Hamilton rear-ended a 28-year-old man's car with his SUV. Though the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Hamilton allegedly did not stop at the scene, continuing to flee southbound on Divisadero.

From there, Hamilton collided with a second car near Divisadero and Grove streets, occupied by a 50-year-old woman and a child of undisclosed age. Both also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Finally, Hamilton struck a third car, occupied by a 70-year-old woman, near Divisadero and Hayes streets. The woman sustained life-threatening injuries, and remains in the hospital.

Hamilton, who was also injured in the trio of collisions, has been booked into the SF County Jail on charges of felony driving under the influence causing injury, felony hit-and-run causing injury, felony reckless driving, red-light violation and basic speed violation.  

Those with more information on the case are encouraged to contact SFPD at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411. Tipsters may remain anonymous.