Fatal weekend on roads, rails

A fiery fatal crash Sunday morning on the Bay Bridge capped off a weekend of mishaps on Bay Area roads and transit systems.

The Sunday morning wreck on the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge left 21-year-old Scott Leister of Castro Valley dead and a 22-year-old Fairfield motorist behind bars, the CHP said.

Authorities say the allegedly intoxicated Fairfield man was driving his 2005 Subaru Impreza on the bridge just east of Treasure Island at more than 100 mph when he rear-ended a 1995 Mercedes E420 with three men inside. Both cars then spun out of control and struck the bridge’s southern railing, where the Subaru burst into flames, authorities said.

The Subaru driver escaped the burning vehicle and was arrested. The impact trapped Leister in the back seat of the Mercedes, where he died, CHP officials said.

Also on Sunday, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office released the identity of a man struck and killed Saturday by a BART train as 22-year-old James Anderson of Salem, Ore. BART spokesman Linton Johnson said Anderson climbed onto the tracks at San Francisco’s Civic Center station at noon Saturday and appeared to “wait for the train to hit him.”

Anderson was the second apparent suicide by a BART train this year, Johnson said. The train operator was given a routine drug test, offered counseling and placed on paid administrative leave.

The incident halted BART trains for three hours and caused systemwide delays, Johnson said. The death came fewer than two hours after a suspicious package closed the Montgomery Street station for about 20 minutes. The package was determined to be some sort of battery pack left by a homeless person, Johnson said.

The problems on the road began Friday at 8:30 p.m., when a Muni bus struck a woman in the Bayview district, causing serious injuries. The woman was crossing the street at Hudson Avenue and Ingalls Street when she was hit by a 44-O’Shaughnessy bus, police said. The bus driver was placed on nondriving status and was tested for drugs and alcohol, Muni spokesman Judson True
said.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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