2 dead, 2 in custody in S.F. crash

Two 22-year-old San Francisco men are behind bars this afternoon facing charges stemming from this morning’s fatal accident that claimed the lives of two people driving in a car in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

Around 4:30 a.m., Richard Gosnell drove a stolen Saturn sedan through a red light at the intersection of Divisadero and Page streets, slamming into a red Chevrolet, killing its two occupants, according to the San Francisco Police Sgt. Steve Mannina.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office has not reported the identities of the two fatal victims.

Gosnell is facing numerous charges including two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, one count of felony hit and run, one count of evading police causing death, one count of stolen vehicle, one count of possession of stolen property, one count of speeding and one count of running a red light, Mannina said.

The Saturn’s only passenger, Joshua Wilson, faces one count of stolen vehicle and one count of possessing stolen property, according to Mannina.

After the crash both Gosnell and Wilson were treated for minor injuries at San Francisco General Hospital and later taken into custody, where they remained this afternoon.

Police patrolling Page and Broderick streets at about 4 a.m. spotted the Saturn, ran its license plates and saw that the vehicle had been reported stolen, Mannina said.

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued to travel eastbound on Page Street, Mannina said.

At the intersection of Page and Divisadero streets, the Saturn collided with the Chevrolet that was traveling southbound on Divisadero Street, according to Mannina.

One person in the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other person in the car was taken to a hospital and was ultimately pronounced dead, Mannina said.

Divisadero Street between Oak and Haight streets, and Page Street between Broderick and Scott streets near the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood were closed following the accident, but reopened at about 9:15 a.m., San Francisco Police Park Station Officer Louis Clark said.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency bus 24-Divisadero service was unable to stop at its northbound Haight Street stop due to the crash, but service was restored a few hours after the crash, according to Muni spokesman Alan Siegel.

— Bay City News

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