SF Rec and Park employee accused in fatal hit-and-run back in court

SF Rec and Park employee accused in fatal hit-and-run back in court

Thomas Burnoski, the Recreation and Park Department employee accused of running over and killing a woman in a Bernal Heights park before fleeing the scene, will return to court Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Burnoski, 58, faces felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run in connection with the Sept. 5 incident in which 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr of Daly City was killed after a Rec and Park truck rolled over her while she was lying on the grass in Holly Park with her infant child. The child was unharmed.

Burnoski had been a gardener for Rec and Park since 2006. After he allegedly struck Svanemyr, he had to be persuaded to return to the scene by his supervisor.

Burnoski pleaded not guilty to the charges in October 2013. His attorney at the time blamed the incident on an unleashed dog.

Burnoski’s son, Jonathan, 19, was also arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run on the way home from his father’s hearing. In April, Burnoski’s 20-year-old daughter was killed in an auto accident in which the other driver reportedly fell asleep, Burnoski’s attorney said at his arraignment.

Burnoski is out on bail but there are restrictions on his driving privileges. Burnoski will be in court Wednesday at 9 a.m. to set a preliminary hearing.

Woman faces felony charges in deadly pedestrian accident

A San Francisco woman arrested last Thursday in the March 20 fatal hit-and-run of 82-year-old Oi Yeung, also of San Francisco, will be in court Wednesday, Bastian said.

Nidra Stubbs, 31, faces a felony charge of hit-and-run with an enhancement allegation of causing great bodily harm or death, and a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter, Bastian said.

Stubbs is accused of driving the white Dodge Durango that struck Yeung on March 20 as she crossed Bayshore Boulevard on a green light. Witnesses said the Durango turned around and looked like it was returning to the scene, but the vehicle continued southbound on Bayshore, passing the crime scene. Police found the vehicle about a week later, and after interviewing the registered owner of the vehicle, were led to Stubbs’ residence, where she was arrested.

She is currently out on $80,000 bail and will be in court Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.Bay Area NewsChristine SvanemyrCrimeCrime & CourtsJonathan BurnoskiThomas Burnoski

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