Man held in connection with stolen minivan collision in Tenderloin now faces murder charges

Anthony Wisner is is alleged to have stolen a minivan in the area of Post and Larkin streets

The man accused in a car theft collision that injured two bystanders is now facing murder charges after one of the victims died.

Anthony Wisner, 25, was already facing 10 felony counts and one misdemeanor related to the incident.

Wisner is alleged to have stolen a minivan in the area of Post and Larkin streets, then struck a taxicab at Post and Jones streets while fleeing from police.

The impact of that collision sent the two vehicles onto the sidewalk, where they struck a 60-year-old pedestrian and 29-year-old San Francisco resident Zachary Watson, who was walking his bike at the time.

Watson died of his injuries in August. The other pedestrian recovered.

This morning, there was a motion to amend the complaint against Wisner and increase his bail, according to Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian. That motion was granted by a judge.

Now, along with the six felony hit-and-run charges, two felony reckless driving counts, one felony charge of unlawful taking of a vehicle, one felony count of falsifying or forging registration and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license, Wisner also is charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, mayhem, driving under the influence of drugs causing injury and driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI in January 2011, according to court records.

The amended complaint said Wisner was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the accident.

Wisner’s bail is $1 million and he remains in custody, Bastian said. He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 3.

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