2 walkers hurt in street collisions

A pedestrian was seriously injured early Wednesday morning in a collision after which the driver fled the scene, San Francisco police said

Emergency personnel responded to the crash at Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street just before 2:30 a.m. and found the pedestrian, a man in his 50s, suffering from life-threatening injuries, San Francisco police Sgt. Eric O'Neal said.

The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition.

Police said it appears the man was walking west in the crosswalk on Van Ness Avenue when he was struck by the vehicle, described as a sport utility vehicle, that was traveling south on Van Ness Avenue in the No. 2 lane.

The driver fled the scene and police are continuing to search for the vehicle and driver.

Later Wednesday morning, a boy was hospitalized after being hit by a car in the Tenderloin, according to police. The collision occurred about 7:30 a.m. at Leavenworth and O’Farrell streets. The boy’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Both incidents occurred a day after a 78-year-old man was fatally struck at Sunset Boulevard near Yorba Street while crossing the street. The 71-year-old driver was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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