San Francisco police are seeking help from the public to identify a driver who struck and injured five people in a pedicab along the Embarcadero Wednesday.
The suspect was driving a gold or champagne colored Honda Civic with four doors south on Embarcadero and “swerving” through traffic when it struck the pedicab, which is a kind of bicycle-powered taxi, according to the San Francisco Police Department
The pedicab operator, 66-year-old Kevin Manning, has pedaled tourists up and down the waterfront in his pedicab for six years, according to Cabrio Taxi, the company that employs him. The father and grandfather is known by his colleagues for wearing a deerstalker cap, much like the fictional character Sherlock Holmes.
Manning was carrying a family of two, a 32-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter. When struck, Manning’s pedicab subsequently hit another pedicab, which led to the injury of its passengers, a 33-year-old man and his eight-year-old daughter, who were visiting from Canada, according to the SFPD.
All passengers have been discharged from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, but Manning remained in critical condition as of Thursday morning, according to hospital officials. The other pedicab operator was not injured.
On 6/27/18 at approx 415PM a hit and run vehicle collision occurred. A gold/champagne color, Honda Civic 4dr sedan, travelling southbound on Embarcadero swerved and collided with a pedicab. The impact from this collision caused life threatening injuries. > https://t.co/Hxn3p2OE84 pic.twitter.com/cePm6wNr58
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) June 28, 2018
Manning’s friends and colleagues have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his hospitalization. On the page they say that in the collision Manning was “thrown” from his pedicab by the force of the car, injuring his skull, face and legs.
April Atencio has pedaled a pedicab along the Embarcadero about as long as Manning. She said he is “super sweet” and a “team player.” Mimosa André, co-owner of Cabrio Taxi, said Manning is “one of our most beloved riders.”
“He is diligent, hard working, an inventor, father, and has a three-year-old grandchild,” André said.
Manning’s GoFundMe page has raised $4,500 of its $25,000 goal as of Thursday afternoon.
SFPD posted surveillance video of the vehicle from a Muni streetcar, which you can view here.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the SFPD 24 hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. This post has been updated from its original version for clarity.