Jury selection underway in hit and run trial for ‘Hot Cop of Castro’

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of the “hot cop of The Castro,” who faces felony hit and run charges after he allegedly hit two pedestrians with his car in North Beach in November 2015.

San Francisco Police Officer Christopher Kohrs is being tried for one count of hit and run and another of hit and run causing permanent injury.

Kohrs came to fame around 2014 as the “hot cop” after photos of him working in the Castro District were posted online and spread through social media.

He built a presence in the Castro through his participation in events in the neighborhood such as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Big Gay 10k Race and the “ice bucket challenge.”

Kohrs was arrested after a Dodge Charger struck two pedestrians at Broadway and Montgomery Streets at 2:20 a.m. on November 29, 2015. The two victims, both men in their 40s, were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after the incident.

Kohrs, the alleged driver, left the scene on foot and turned himself in to police around 10 a.m., according to prosecutors. The seven-year SFPD veteran was released less than two hours later on $100,000 bail.

During a preliminary hearing in June, Kohrs’ friend and passenger, Norman Banks, testified that Kohrs had been the designated driver that night and had seemed to be sober and going at a reasonable speed at the time of the collision.

A civil lawsuit filed against Kohrs by one of the victims, Victor Perez, was settled last March.

Selection for the jury members began Monday morning and is expected to last for the next two days. Kohrs is currently on unpaid leave from the Police Department pending an investigation of this case.

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