Giampaolo "Paul" Boschetti, the driver accused of vehicular manslaughter in a case that left an 89-year-old dead, is a prominent city landlord who owns a Tenderloin hotel and other properties in the neighborhood.
Boschetti, 69, is accused of striking and killing Zhen Guang Ng on Tuesday as the elderly man stood in the crosswalk at Rolph and Naples in the Crocker Amazon neighborhood. Ng subsequently died at San Francisco General Hospital and Boschetti was booked into jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Calls to Boschetti on his personal line and at the Hotel Aida -- which he owns -- have not yet been returned. The attendant at the hotel kindly noted Boschetti has not come in today.
Boschetti in the past owned the Hotel Verona. This establishment was originally known as the Hotel Burbank, and served the Tenderloin's most put-upon denizens. Boschetti bought the establishment in 1986, rechristened it, and converted it into a tourist hotel -- raising considerable hackles in the process.
The 69-year-old is also a co-owner of the building at 126 Hyde housing the Tenderloin Housing Clinic; he sold 50 percent of that structure to the clinic in 2009.
Police are still seeking additional information about the incident that left Ng dead and Boschetti booked into jail. Anyone with information is requested to contact SFPD anonymously at 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with "SFPD" at start of message.