Man fleeing cops in San Francisco crashes into car, killing passenger and pedestrian

Getty Images File PhotoPolice Chief Greg Suhr said that the SFPD's Gang Task Force is working on the case in which a suspect allegedly killed a driver and pedestrian after being involved in a shooting near Valencia Gardens housing projects.

Two people, including a man walking into a corner store, were killed Tuesday morning after a driver who was fleeing police in the Mission district crashed his vehicle, police said.

About 7:45 a.m., police said, officers responded to reports of shots fired from a black Chevrolet Impala at the Valencia Gardens housing projects near 14th and Guerrero streets. Within minutes, police said, officers were able to stop a vehicle at 21st and Mission streets that matched the description.

But while police approached the Impala, it sped off, Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

Before officers could initiate a pursuit, Manfredi said, the Impala broadsided a Toyota two blocks away at the intersection of 21st Street and South Van Ness Avenue. The impact killed the Toyota’s female passenger, Manfredi said, and the driver was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition.

The impact of the crash hurled the Toyota onto the sidewalk in front of Muzio’s Wine Liquor store, killing a man who was walking into the shop. All of the victims were in their mid-20s, police said. The suspect had not been identified as of press time.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to S.F. General Hospital. A handgun was recovered from inside the Impala, police said, although no further information was being released about the investigation.

The SFPD’s Gang Task Force is involved in the case, Police Chief Greg Suhr said.

The suspect will be charged for the deaths and firearm possession, Manfredi said.

Police are asking the public to call (415) 553-1651 with any information that might shed more light on the incident.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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