At least seven hit-and-run collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists occurred in the past week, with authorities seeking public assistance in identifying drivers who sped away. In two recent accidents, police were able to track down the driver.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, November 24, Bryant Mendoza left his job as a bartender at Shadow Lounge, located near 13th and Harrison streets in Oakland. Bryant stepped onto the street to walk across to his parked car, when a Porsche Cayenne SUV made a wide, unsteady turn onto 13th Street. Surveillance video captured Bryant attempting to get out of the way, but the vehicle is too fast and he rolls onto the Porsche’s hood, then falls to the ground. The driver of the Porsche pauses, then sped off. Authorities are seeking any information about the driver, who was driving a darker colored Porsche Cayenne SUV with tinted windows. The vehicle may have damage to the windshield and hood. Unfortunately, the surveillance footage was not clear enough to identify the license plate or driver. Bryant suffered major injuries, including a broken pelvis and leg. Bryant was supposed to start a new job a week after the accident, but doctors estimate that he will not be able to walk for at least three months. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department at (510) 777-8572. (Full Story: http://cbsloc.al/1bi5jN4)
The Oakland Area Office of the California Highway Patrol seeks assistance in identifying a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29. The driver of a maroon Buick crashed into the center median on the westbound I-80, near the Solano Avenue exit. The driver then exited the car and tried to cross to the right shoulder, when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop at the scene and did not report the collision. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The authorities are looking for a vehicle with front-end damage, possibly with a cracked windshield. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run collision is urged to call the CHP Oakland Area Office at (510) 450-3821.
San Francisco police are looking for a driver who sped away after hitting a pedestrian on the corner of 7th and Brannan streets just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3. Instead of stopping to help the pedestrian, the female driver got out of the car to move the victim out of the way before driving off. Unfortunately, she did not move the victim far enough, and ran over her leg as she sped off. The car is described as a four-door rental with Nevada license plates. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run collision is urged to contact the authorities. Anonymous tips to San Francisco police may be made at (415) 552-4558, or texted to 847411 in the “To” field and keyword “SFPD” and the message in the body. (Full story: http://bit.ly/1iAG5mU)
Around 6:15 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 58-year-old Scott Earl VanDyke walked southbound on El Camino near the Highway 92 interchange when he was hit by a black Honda and white Toyota. The victim died at the scene, and authorities said he was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision. The driver of the white Honda, a 35-year-old from San Francisco, stopped at the scene and cooperated with authorities. However, the driver of the black Toyota did not stop. San Mateo police tracked down the vehicle and driver, a 67-year-old San Mateo man. Investigators are now examining the Toyota. No arrests or citations have been issued yet. (Full story: http://bit.ly/IIGNy5)
On the morning of Tuesday, December 3, a taxi struck a bicyclist on the corner of Post and Montgomery streets in the Financial District. The taxi initially did not stop after striking the bicyclist, but was tracked down shortly thereafter. The condition of the bicyclist is unknown. (Full story: http://bit.ly/1hyVtz0)
At about 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, a man in his 20s was struck by a car as he walked across Valencia Street near Clinton Park. The vehicle did not stop, and is described as a black or blue four-door sedan, likely with damage to its front passenger side and possible the windshield. The victim, Kurt Dalen, 30, died from his injuries. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run collision is urged to call the San Francisco Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message. (Full story: http://bit.ly/IS4R2f)
A bicyclist was hit by a car in South San Francisco on the morning of Thursday, December 5. The victim was biking along the 600 block of Grand Avenue and was struck as he crossed the street at Grand and Magnolia avenues. A female driver of a beige Buick from the late 1990s or early 2000s struck him, then drove off. She was last scene driving north on Magnolia toward Miller Avenue. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run collision is urged to call South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900 or call the anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244. (Full story: http://bit.ly/1bjITeo)