San Francisco driver accused in fatal Twin Peaks hit-and-run faces felony charges

Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photo56-year-old Chinese citizen Yuee Yao was fatally struck by a car on Twin Peaks in 2012.

A 23-year-old woman is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on charges that she plowed her car into three pedestrians last week — killing a mother in front of her horrified son — while at the scenic Twin Peaks lookout.
On Monday, prosecutors charged San Francisco resident Gina Eunice with four felonies, two misdemeanors and an infraction related to the Thursday night collision on Christmas Tree Point Road that knocked the pedestrians about 30 feet down a hillside.
The felony charges include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run allegations, while the misdemeanors allege Eunice endangered a minor who was in her vehicle and contributed to his delinquency. The infraction charge is for allegedly having an open container in the vehicle.
Eunice was arrested on a $600,000 bond, but it was unclear whether she had posted bail.
Chinese citizen Yuee Yao, 56, was killed after being struck and two others were critically injured.
Yuee had been visiting Twin Peaks with her son, Kai Yuan, and his two friends to take in the iconic views when the nightmare scenario played out, according to KTVU (Ch. 2), which interviewed Yuan at the hospital.
Police said the foursome was walking along the road around 8:50 p.m. when the sedan suddenly struck the group and then fled.
The son managed to jump out of the sedan’s path, police said, but his mother could not. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other two victims survived after a rescue in which backboards and rope were used to lift them back onto the roadway, police  Lt. Simon Silverman said.
Eunice was arrested about 10 minutes after the collision, Silverman said. Her visibly damaged vehicle was reportedly found in a nearby parking lot.
Police said Eunice appeared to be intoxicated. In a KTVU video, a restrained Eunice can be seen hollering, “I know my rights! Why the f*** you searching my car?”
Three other people were in the vehicle, police Officer Gordon Shyy said. Two of them, men ages 22 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public. The fourth, a 17-year-old girl, was hospitalized with minor injuries.
maldax@sfexaminer.com

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