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SFPD seeks public’s help in locating hit and run vehicle

Amancay Tapia

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The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) are seeking public assistance in locating the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit a run incident yesterday afternoon.

According to authorities, on June 21 at around 5:00 p.m., a white vehicle struck an adult female pedestrian at Beach and Columbus Streets in San Francisco.

The driver of the vehicle, did not stop to offer assistance and instead fled the scene. The victim was later transported to a local hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

San Francisco Police Department have confirmed via their official Twitter account,

The vehicle, a white Infinity SUV with California license plate 7MJJ084 is also believed to have been involved in auto burglaries in the Fisherman's Wharf area prior to the hit and run incident.

The SFPD Traffic Collision Investigation Unit (TCIU) is currently investigating the case and they have now released a photo of the suspect vehicle, a white Infinity SUV with California license plate 7MJJ084

Police officials believe that the driver of the vehicle was also involved in auto burglaries in the Fisherman's Wharf area prior to the hit and run incident.

The law requires that a driver involved in an accident stops, provides contact details, and offers reasonable assistance to any injured parties. Leaving the scene of an accident with any injured persons or deaths could actually result in being charged with a felony.

California Vehicle Code section 20001 says that when a driver flees the scene of an accident they are committing a criminal offense,

The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.

Unfortunately, hit and run incidents are common in San Francisco, according to Vision Zero SF, the City’s road safety policy that builds safety and livability into the streets, "every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 500 more are seriously injured while traveling on city streets".

The San Francisco Police Department has identified the five most dangerous traffic behaviors causing traffic violence in the streets, these are: speeding, violating pedestrian right-of-way in a crosswalk, running red lights, running stop signs, and failing to yield while turning.

Contact SFPD

SFPD is asking anyone who sees the suspect vehicle to call 9-1-1 and provide dispatchers with the vehicle's location and direction of travel.

Alternatively, call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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