One pedestrian was killed and another two were injured by drivers all within three hours on Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.
Police first responded to a hit-and-run around 8 p.m., when an unknown driver fatally struck a 64-year-old woman walking across California Street at 18th Avenue in the Richmond. The woman later died at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Investigators are looking for the driver of a silver or gray sedan that may have some damage to the front and windshield. The suspected vehicle was last seen heading north on 19th Avenue before it took a turn east onto Lake Street.
Just two-and-a-half hours later, two more drivers hit pedestrians.
A 47-year-old man was crossing the street at First and Howard streets in SoMa when the driver of a large box truck pinned him and dragged him another half block. The man is in life-threatening but stable condition.
Within the same few minutes, police responded to another hit-and-run on California and Polk streets. An unknown driver of a black SUV hit a 65-year-old woman, who faces a head injury not considered life-threatening. She doesn’t entirely know what happened, police said.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-runs, including footage from surveillance cameras, may anonymously contact SFPD’s tip line at 415-575-4444 or text ‘SFPD’ to TIP411.
UPDATE, Thursday 5:25 p.m.: Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer held a press conference at 18th Avenue and California Street on Thursday to seek the public’s assistance in catching the driver who hit the 64-year-old woman. Zhao Guan was on her way to babysit her two grandchildren when a driver fatally hit her and didn’t stop at all, police said.
Investigators are still seeking information, particularly surveillance footage of the area, and have had trouble in getting Chinese families fearful of holiday scammers to open the door. Fewer’s office has been working with the SFTMA on a Central Richmond Traffic Safety Project, which received feedback from residents in the area.
Improvements that stem from careful planning may be slow but Fewer urges drivers to at least slow down and eliminate distractions. Police urge the driver who hit Guan to come forward and tell their side, which may include trouble with the rainy weather that occurred at the time.
“It doesn’t cost anything,” Fewer said of slowing down. “To drive away when you’ve struck another human being is almost inexcusable.”