Marina woman who struck children in SUV charged with felonies, released on bail

A 30-year-old Marina district woman who struck two children in an SUV yesterday was charged with several felonies, including child endangerment and drunk driving, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Specifically, Kirsten Andereck was charged with one felony DUI with injury, one felony driving with a blood alcohol count over .08, and two counts of felony child endangerment with allegations of great bodily harm, according to the DA. No court date has been set yet.

She has been released on a $200,100 bail, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Andereck was arrested on suspicion of DUI after she struck two boys at about 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Buchanan and Bay streets. The two boys she struck were critically injured but were expected to survive, according to police.

As the Examiner previously reported, Andereck was driving a white Volkswagen Tiguan SUV and stayed at the scene of the collision. The roadway was shut down during the investigation and reopened at about 11:30 a.m., police said.

Andereck attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 2001, according to yearbook records, and in 2004, when Andereck was 19 years old, she was a debutante at a Cotillion event hosted by the Cotillion Club of San Francisco.

Andereck also appears to have been a close family friend to the deceased comedian and Marin County resident Robin Williams, according to local media reports following his death by suicide last year.

Nicole Ferrara of advocacy group Walk SF said the 12-year-old boys flew across the intersection. They were both students of Marina Middle School, and were crossing towards the school when they were struck.

Safety upgrades at the intersection were delayed twice, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco Examiner. The speed reduction improvements – including a speed hump and narrowed lanes – may have slowed the car’s speed, advocates like Ferrara told the Examiner.

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