San Francisco police officer killed in crash
by robbery suspect's vehicle
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
July 26, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A San Francisco police officer
was killed as he responded to a chase early this morning in the
city's Portola district, San Francisco police Officer Maria Oropeza
At about 12:35 a.m., a robbery was reported in the 500 block
of Bayshore Boulevard in the Bayview neighborhood, according to
Police arrived, took information from the victim and put out
a suspect description, Oropeza said.
A short time later, officers spotted the suspect vehicle, a van,
in the McDonald's parking lot on Bayshore Boulevard. They tried
to stop the van but the suspects took off, Oropeza said.
A pursuit ensued onto Interstate Highway 280 to South San Francisco
and back to San Francisco, where at about 1 a.m., another officer
was responding to assist the pursuit.
As the officer drove through the intersection of Cambridge and
Felton streets, his car was struck by the suspects' van. The police
car spun out, hit the curb, flipped over and struck a utility
pole, according to Oropeza.
Fire units responded to the scene, where they extricated the
officer from his vehicle, initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation
and transported him to San Francisco General Hospital. Hospital
staff continued "a valiant effort to save the officer's life,''
The officer succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter, she
said. The identity of the officer is being withheld pending notification
of his family. He worked at Bayview station.
Four suspects in the van were taken into custody and also transported
to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crews are working to restore power
to approximately 500 customers in the city's Excelsior and Portola
districts due to the utility pole damage, PG&E spokesman David
Eisenhauer said crews have been delayed in accessing the area
because it is still a crime scene. PG&E expects the customers
to have power back by noon today.
A section of I-280 in San Francisco was briefly closed down early
this morning after the chase, California Highway Patrol Officer
Ben Chaney reported.
According to Chaney, at 12:48 a.m. San Francisco police notified
CHP that they were pursuing a vehicle in the area of I-280 and
Chaney said police asked CHP to shut down the area to look for
The area was re-opened after about 15 minutes, Chaney said.
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