Charges could be coming for driver accused in fatal S.F. collision

SF Examiner file photoOn Thursday night

Charges could be filed today in connection with the horrific collision at the Twin Peaks lookout Thursday night that knocked three pedestrians off the roadway and down a hillside, killing one of them.

Chinese citizen Yuee Yao, 56, was identified as the woman who was fatally struck at 8:50 p.m. on Christmas Tree Point Road. Yao had been walking on the roadway alongside three other women when a sedan plowed into three of them, knocking them off the roadway and sending them 30 feet down a hill, police said.

The other two victims, who are both in their 30s, are expected to survive. An 18-year-old managed to jump out of harm’s way, police said.

Emergency crews used backboards and rope to carry the victims up the hill, Police Department Lt. Simon Silverman said.

Yao was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

The sedan sped off after the collision, but only five or 10 minutes later, police found the vehicle with visible front-end damage parked “a couple hundred yards away” from the accident scene.

Four people were inside that sedan, police said, including a 17-year-old who suffered minor injuries, presumably due to the collision.

The suspected driver, a 23-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and felony hit-and-run, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said. Two other occupants of the car, men ages 22 and 25, also were arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, Shyy said.

The driver’s identity is expected to be released today, Shyy added. Also today, the Police Department expects to deliver its investigation to the District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors will review the case today. If they decide to pursue charges against the driver, she could be arraigned later this week, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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