Monday Morning SF News Roundup
At Least One Dead After Traffic Accident on Highway 101
At least one person died during a vehicular accident Sunday morning on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco.
At 4:09 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers responded to a report of that an SUV struck the highway’s center divider, just south of Cesar Chavez Street, according to the CHP. A witness told officers the driver of the vehicle was ejected during the crash, CHP officials said.Officers also received multiple reports that a male was laying face down in the roadway, CHP officials said.
Woman Picked Up By Deaf Lyft Driver Jumps From Car Fearing Kidnapping
A woman who jumped out of her Lyft ride and broke her ankle because she feared she was being kidnapped on Thursday night in San Francisco actually had a deaf driver who didn’t know she was talking to him, police said Friday.
San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said that officers contacted the hearing-impaired driver and determined that the incident was merely an unfortunate misunderstanding. Esparza said the woman requested a rideshare via the transportation network company’s app from the Diamond Heights neighborhood to the Sunset District around 11:20 p.m.
She got into a silver Nissan Quest and the driver, a man in his 40s, apparently made a turn that the passenger thought was the wrong direction. The passenger tried to inquire but the driver didn’t hear her, Esparza said. The passenger apparently became uneasy and decided to jump from the car in the 300 block of Corbett Avenue, in the Corona Heights neighborhood, Esparza said.The woman suffered a broken ankle as she tried to run away, Esparza said. Passengers should note that ridesharing companies regularly hire deaf or hearing-impaired drivers.
Five Injured After Police Pursuit Leads to Multiple Collisions
Five people suffered injuries Saturday when a group of suspects in an armed robbery were involved in a series of collisions during a pursuit in San Francisco, police said. The three suspects themselves suffered injuries when the vehicle they were in overturned in the Potrero Hill neighborhood near the end of the pursuit, San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said. Along the way, Esparza said the suspects collided with two other motorists, including a Department of Parking and Traffic officer.
Esparza said the episode began with reports of an armed robbery at around 4 p.m. at a business in the 2200 block of Judah Street. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, Esparza said. About an hour later, officers spotted the suspect vehicle near the Tenderloin police station; that’s where the pursuit began, Esparza said.
As the vehicle fled through the South of Market neighborhood, it struck a parking enforcement vehicle, causing it to roll over. The officer inside was taken to the hospital, Esparza said, but is expected to survive. Police continued to chase the vehicle as it entered the Potrero Hill neighborhood. At an intersection, the suspect vehicle struck another motorist. Esparza said that driver also suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The suspect vehicle then hit a parked car and overturned at 17th and Mississippi streets.
The suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, Esparza said.
Police took them into custody shortly thereafter, he added. Esparza did not identify the three suspects, who were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area
Today there will be showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning and a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 60s and northwest winds will reach 10 to 20 miles per hour.
Tonight will be partly cloudy in the evening, becoming mostly clear. Lows will be in the lower to mid 50s and northwest winds will reach 15 to 20 miles per hour, then reaching around 10 miles per hour after midnight.
Tuesday will be sunny. Highs will be in the lower 60s and northwest winds will reach 5 to 15 miles per hour.