S.F. man charged in hit-and-run death

San Francisco prosecutors have charged a suspected hit-and-run driver who fatally struck an 84-year-old man Tuesday in the city's Richmond district with vehicular manslaughter, the district attorney's office said today.

Uwe Emerson, 49, of San Francisco allegedly struck Kee Jung at about 1 p.m. Tuesday and then drove off, according to police.

Jung, also a San Francisco resident, was walking in the crosswalk at Geary Boulevard and 20th Avenue when a car allegedly driven by Emerson turned onto Geary Boulevard and hit him, police said.

Emerson then backed up and continued on 20th Avenue, police said.

After a witness followed Emerson and called 911 with a description of the car, Emerson was found and arrested in the 500 block of John Muir Drive, near the city's southwestern border, according to police.

Jung was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital at 7:43 p.m. that day, according to the medical examiner's office.

Emerson has been charged with felony hit and run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, district attorney's office spokeswoman Erica Derryck said.

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