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Driver charged with murder in fatal hit-and-run with bicyclist

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A bicyclist was killed in a collision at Turk and Taylor streets Tuesday night. A suspected drunk driver who allegedly fled the scene was arrested. (Photo courtesy of Alex Gaesser)

A man arrested in connection with a hit-and-run collision that killed 65-year-old Gregory Blackman on Tuesday had two prior drunk driving convictions and was drinking wine from a bag while driving shortly before the crash, prosecutors said Friday in court documents.

Michael Smith, 41, appeared in San Francisco Superior Court for the first time Friday on charges including murder, driving under the influence and hit and run causing serious and permanent injury or death.

He appears to have been charged with murder rather than vehicular manslaughter in part due to his two prior drunk driving convictions.

As reported by the SF Weekly, Smith had been drinking in Oakland with his wife and friend before he drove back to San Francisco. Prosecutors say his wife warned him not to drive, but he took her car and drank more wine as he drove back.

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Smith allegedly struck Blackman at Turk and Taylor streets as he traveled west on Turk. He left the scene but was stopped and arrested a short distance away.
The SF Weekly reports Smith was distraught in the courtroom and unable to stand, causing the judge to clear the courtroom. He is scheduled to return for arraignment on Tuesday and is being held without bail.

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