San Francisco district attorney files charges
in fatal taxi crash
By Erica Holt and Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City
December 3, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco district attorney's
office has charged man suspected of leaving the scene of a crash
police say he caused that killed a 31-year-old taxi passenger
in San Francisco early Thursday morning with two felonies.
Eduardo Vicente, a 25-year-old Guatemalan national, will face
charges of felony involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and
run when he is arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court on Monday
morning, according to district attorney spokeswoman Bilen Mesfin.
Police arrested Vicente in El Cerrito Thursday. Police say he
fled the scene of a fatal accident that he caused early Thursday
morning when he blew through a red light in San Francisco.
Vicente told co-workers in El Cerrito that he had been in an
accident. His co-workers had seen reports of the fatal hit and
run and they called police, according to San Francisco police
Sgt. Steve Mannina.
Graciela Sholl, 31, of San Francisco, was one of three passengers
in the back of a Town Taxi car when the collision occurred. She
died early this morning. One passenger was in critical condition
after the crash while the other passenger and the male taxi driver
suffered minor injuries.
Mannina said the van ran a red light around 12:15 a.m. Thursday
as it headed northbound on Laguna Street just as the cab crossed
the intersection on Fulton Street.
The cab spun out, hit a pole and a car, Mannina said.
According to Mannina, Vicente then jumped out and ran from the
Inspectors said they found empty alcohol containers inside the
van. Mannina said proving the driver was drunk may become more
difficult without a blood-alcohol sample.
By law, all San Francisco taxicabs are required to have cameras
equipped inside. Mannina said the camera would have little value
as evidence in this case, however, considering it would normally
only film the inside of the vehicle.
Vicente is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Monday,
Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant St.
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