Police investigating intentional fatal hit-and-run
in Mission District
Verbal altercation preceded hit-and-run police
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
March 20, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco police homicide detectives
spent the morning investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision
sparked by a verbal altercation between a driver and a pedestrian
in the Mission district early this morning, police said.
One man has been arrested for allegedly running down the pedestrian
three times on the sidewalk and fleeing the scene, according to
Police Sgt. Neville Gittens said the altercation began around
2 a.m. when two pedestrians crossing the street near the intersection
of 15th and Valencia streets got into a verbal fight.
The suspect, who was reportedly driving a red Toyota, got out
of his car to argue with the two pedestrians. At some point, Gittens
said, one of the pedestrians punched the Toyota.
The man then got back in his car and drove back and forth on
Valencia Street, making a few U-turns, Gittens said.
He then drove back toward the two, hopping a curb onto the sidewalk.
One of the pedestrians, whose name and sex has not been revealed,
Witnesses gave police a description of the vehicle and some nearby
members of the Police Department's gang task force arrested a
At 11 a.m. today, homicide Inspectors Michael Philpott and Michael
Gaynor were interviewing the suspect, and his name has not been
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