Courtesy Bryce Bishari

Driver arrested after vehicle strikes 2 pedestrians in Haight Ashbury

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide for allegedly striking two pedestrians on Monday night while driving a vehicle on a sidewalk in Haight Ashbury, police said.

Case Estorco, a resident of the city of Patterson in Stanislaus County, was taken into custody by police in connection with the incident that was first reported at Haight and Ashbury streets at around 9:15 p.m.

A man in his 30s was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by the vehicle, while a second victim in his 20s was also hospitalized but is expected to survive, according to police.

A neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said a white SUV was seen speeding up and down the block at least three times in the 30 minutes prior to the collision before he heard a loud bang at around 9:45 p.m.

“I looked out my window and saw the vehicle driving down the sidewalk,” the witness said. “I saw the vehicle run into the car that was parked on the sidewalk.”

The neighbor then saw the SUV back up and speed away.

Estorco was arrested later that night when police responded to a report of shots fired near Twin Peaks and saw the suspect vehicle from the Haight Street incident.

Police said the vehicle “intentionally collided” with a marked police cruiser near Crown Terrace and Twin Peaks Boulevard.

The officers were not injured in the collision and were able to detain Estorco as well as an 18-year-old woman who was released without charges.

Police later determined that no shots were fired in the second incident.

Estorco was treated for injuries but is expected to survive, police said.

He was booked at County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, battery on a peace officer, driving under the influence, hit and run, battery causing serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.

This story has been updated.

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