A San Francisco Recreation and Park Department worker was detained after his maintenance vehicle struck and killed a woman who was with her child at Holly Park in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood Thfursday afternoon, authorities said.
The woman was hit shortly after 2:20 p.m. in the park near Highland Avenue, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she died.
Her child was uninjured, police said.
The woman was hit by a city Recreation and Park Department pickup truck driven by an employee who has worked for the department since January 2006, Rec and Park spokeswoman Sarah Ballard said.
The driver drove off after the collision, but he and the truck were found nearby a few minutes after officers arrived, San Francisco police Officer Tracy Turner said. He has been detained.
The woman was on the grass on the south end of the park, south of the tennis courts, when she was struck, according to Turner.
The Police Department's hit-and-run unit is investigating the fatal incident, according to Turner.
Patricia Leach, a resident of the neighborhood off and on since the 1960s, said she has seen more and more Recreation and Park vehicles recently in Holly Park's grassy areas, some driving quickly.
“They drive too fast, and there's no need,” Leach said.
Investigators used police tape to block off much of Holly Park Circle, the street that encircles the park, as well as portions of the park itself.
“On behalf of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim,” Rec and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg said in a statement.
The department “is cooperating fully with the San Francisco Police Department as they investigate this accident,” he said.