Drunk Driver Hits Multiple Vehicles, Pedestrians

The man, who allegedly told witnesses he was drunk, is said to have hit several cars and at least one pedestrian in a rampage that lasted several blocks.

A man who may have been drunk and suicidal hit several cars and pedestrians before crashing on Upper Market late Sunday night.

A witness who was hanging at Orbit Room on Market Street told SF Weekly  that the bartender noticed the situation — which police have confirmed started around 9:45 p.m. — first. A man hit several cars on Duboce Avenue near Pearl Street with his vehicle, one of which had at least two children inside.

Bystanders on the corner of Duboce Avenue and Pearl Street, where several cars were hit. (Courtesy Image)

He then continued along to Market and Guerrero streets, and hit a pedestrian — who was transported from the scene on a stretcher. According to SFPD, their injuries were non-life threatening.

The driver eventually hit a Muni stop and exited his truck.

“It was over by the Safeway and Whole Foods as you drive into the Castro away from Downtown,” says Andrew Offorjebe, who witnessed the scene after the collision. “Took up the entire right lane. Might have hit the Muni trolly stop too. White pick up truck. First responders already out there.”

“We were riding by in a Lyft,” David Gouldin wrote on Twitter. “Fire truck arrived just before us. Person (maybe male?) on sidewalk with people surrounding them. Man sitting on curb shaking head being consoled by a woman.”

The driver allegedly told the woman that he was distraught over a breakup, that he’d been drinking, and was trying to kill himself.

SFPD has confirmed to SF Weekly that the driver is in custody, and is being charged with hit and run and driving under the influence.

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