On Wednesday afternoon, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the driver of a burgundy-colored Toyota Prius struck two pedestrians at 23rd and Mission streets going westbound before continuing along Mission Street northbound, police said Wednesday.
Moments later, the driver, a 62-year-old man, drove onto the sidewalk, collided with a Muni bus and struck a passenger who was exiting. The bus passenger, a 69-year-old woman, was evaluated for a complaint of pain and released with non-life threatening injuries at the scene.
According to Mission Local and a police statement, the first two pedestrians hit by the driver were a 49-year-old man and a 33-year-old man. Both were transported to SF General Hospital where they underwent surgery.
Mission street is closed between 24th and 23rd. Someone told me that that 2 people got hit by a car pic.twitter.com/2ldXZjjLBc— ANTIFA NAFTA 2.0 (@faiqus) February 13, 2020
The driver and a passenger of the car initially fled the scene in the vehicle, but returned to the scene and were detained. Officials said the driver and passenger are being evaluated medically. "Impairment on the part of the driver is suspected at this time," Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Wednesday. The driver was arrested for leaving the scene and running a red light.
The inbound and outbound lines of the 14-Mission, 14R-Rapid Mission and 49-Van Ness/Mission were delayed and rerouted in the area. While the street was blocked off by emergency personnel, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management asked people to avoid the area of Mission Street (between 22nd & 24th).
Mission Street (between 22nd & 24th) is identified as a high-injury corridor under the city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024.
The SFPD Traffic Collision Investigation Unit (TCIU) is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.
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