Victims of fatal Haight-Ashbury crash identified
Two men died Tuesday after a stolen Silver Saturn ran a red light
and plowed into a red Chevrolet in the Haight-Ashbury district
of San Francisco.
The medical examiner's office has identified the victims as Kristopher
of Mill Valley, and Alfonzo Felipe Cortez, 36, of an unknown address.
Photos by Stephen Dorion
By Laura Dudnick
December 12, 2007
The San Francisco medical examiner's office has identified the
men killed Tuesday morning in a fatal accident in San Francisco.
Kristopher Bratt, 20, of Mill Valley, and Alfonzo Felipe Cortez,
36, of an unknown address, died when a stolen silver Saturn sedan
ran a red light and plowed into their car at a Haight Ashbury
intersection at around 4:30 a.m.
The occupants of the Saturn, two 22-year-old San Francisco men,
are behind bars facing charges stemming from the accident.
The driver, Richard Gosnell, blew through a red light at the
intersection of Divisadero and Page streets, slamming into the
victims' red Chevrolet, according to the San Francisco Police
Sgt. Steve Mannina.
Gosnell is facing numerous charges including two counts of gross
vehicular manslaughter, one count of felony hit and run, one count
of evading police causing death, one count of stolen vehicle,
one count of possession of stolen property, one count of speeding
and one count of running a red light, Mannina said.
The Saturn's only passenger, Joshua Wilson, faces one count of
stolen vehicle and one count of possessing stolen property, according
After the crash both Gosnell and Wilson were treated for minor
injuries at San Francisco General Hospital and later taken into
custody, where they remained this afternoon.
Police patrolling Page and Broderick streets at about 4 a.m.
spotted the Saturn, ran its license plates and saw that the vehicle
had been reported stolen, Mannina said.
The officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued to
travel eastbound on Page Street, Mannina said.
At the intersection of Page and Divisadero streets, the Saturn
collided with the Chevrolet that was traveling southbound on Divisadero
Street, according to Mannina.
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