A man arrested after a hit-and-run collision that killed two San Francisco pedestrians on New Year’s Eve was fleeing the scene of a restaurant burglary, police allege.
He was reportedly driving a car that he had stolen from a woman he had met for a date.
The 45-year-old San Francisco man was arrested after allegedly running from Thursday afternoon’s crash scene.
Just before 4 pm Thursday, police had responded to a collision at Second and Mission streets. Two women in a crosswalk had been struck by a 2017 Honda HR-V that reportedly entered the intersection against a red light and collided with another car.
Witnesses had followed the Honda’s driver as he fled on foot; they helped police locate the suspect in a building on the 100 block of Second Street.
One of the women was pronounced dead at the intersection, and the other died in a hospital.
The Honda had been reported stolen from Daly City on Tuesday, police said.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the car had been stolen while its owner was on a second date with a man she had met through a dating app. She said that when she left her car to pick up their food at Nation’s Giant Hamburgers in Westlake Center, the man drove away, displaying his middle finger as he left her stranded.
She identified him as the suspect in Thursday’s hit-and-run.
San Francisco police say the man is also the suspect in a burglary of a restaurant shortly before 4 pm Thursday in the 200 block of Ritch Street – about a 5-minute drive from the crash site. He is on parole for a robbery conviction, they said.
When officers searched the Honda, they reportedly found a handgun with an extended magazine and suspected methamphetamine.
The suspect was booked into San Francisco County Jail for two counts of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of hit-and-run, driving a stolen vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs, two counts of DUI causing injury, speeding, running a red light , burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines for sales, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a large capacity firearm magazine.