The body of a man who is believed to have been struck and killed by a white van was discovered in the middle of a Chinatown street early Friday morning, police said.
Rain and darkness obscured some of the circumstances of the fatal hit-and-run for investigators, but the pedestrian — a man in his 60s — was found dead on Broadway, about 30 feet west of Powell Street, shortly before 6 a.m., Officer Albie Esparza said.
“We don’t know if the impact made him land where he did or if he was dragged,” Esparza said.
The witness who found the man walked into Central Police Station at 5:50 a.m. and told police there was a person in the road, Esparza said.
Another witness told police that they saw a windowless white van turn right from Powell Street onto Broadway, but it’s unclear which street the man was crossing when he was hit, Esparza said. The white van may have damage to the front.
Thus far, no witnesses have offered police a description of the driver, Esparza said. Police are looking for surveillance footage that may have captured the incident.
The victim is believed to be a man who lived in the neighborhood, Esparza said. His identity has not been released by the medical examiner’s office.
Last year, 20 pedestrians were struck and killed in San Francisco, according to police.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 415-575-4444.
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