Hit-and-run suspect tracked by witness

A witness to a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian seriously injured in San Francisco Tuesday helped police track down the driver, a police spokesman said.

Sgt. Neville Gittens said the accident occurred around 1 p.m. when a driver traveling north on 20th Avenue attempted to turn left onto Geary Boulevard.

While making the turn, the driver struck a pedestrian who was walking in the crosswalk, Gittens said. The driver then allegedly backed up and continued heading north on 20th Avenue.

Gittens said a witness followed the suspect vehicle and called 911 with a description of the car. Officers were able to locate the suspect in the 500 block of John Muir Drive.

The suspect, 49-year-old Ywe Emerson of San Francisco, was detained and his vehicle was seized, Gittens said. No one else was in the car.

Emerson is being charged with felony hit-and-run, Gittens said. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, he said.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that appear to be life-threatening.

Gittens called the incident “a classic example of people getting involved to help arrest these people.”

“It's unfortunate that somebody got hit but at least we have in custody the guy we believe is responsible,” he said.

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