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Hit-and-run driver strikes police vehicle in Tenderloin

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(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A hit-and-run driver struck a police vehicle this afternoon in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, according to police.

Officers were on patrol in the area of Franklin and Ellis streets around 4:12 p.m. when they were struck by a vehicle, according to Officer Robert Rueca.

The driver then drove away without stopping, prompting a search of the area as police worked to locate the vehicle and driver.

There were no reported injuries.

The Tenderloin has been the scene of at least two other hit-and-run collisions involving police officers in the past year.

In April of this year a driver struck an officer at Eddy and Larkin as he walked to lunch, and was later arrested. The officer was treated for an injury to his arm.

In a more serious incident in October of 2017, Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel was struck and injured on Turk Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street and suffered a serious head injury. A suspect known as Maurice or Maurquise Johnson was taken into custody in that incident.

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