Crime scene tape on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Crime scene tape on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF teen arrested in crash that killed 1, injured 7 others

A San Francisco teenager was arrested Saturday evening after he allegedly struck another vehicle in the Crocker-Amazon neighborhood, killing one person and injuring seven others as well as himself.

Paris Powell, 19, is believed to have run an eastbound red light at Geneva Avenue before colliding with a minivan traveling north on Prague Street, according to Officer Robert Rueca.

The driver of the minivan, a 63-year-old from Bay Point, was injured and died at the scene. Two female passengers, ages 57 and 35, suffered life-threatening injuries and remain hospitalized at a local San Francisco hospital, according to police.

Police say Powell was first spotted driving a vehicle wanted in connection with an armed robbery in the East Bay in the Mission Bay neighborhood at approximately 7:33 p.m. Officers tried to pull him over, but Powell allegedly didn’t stop, and a vehicle pursuit ensued before officers lost sight of the vehicle.

A vehicle collision was reported roughly seven minutes later at 7:40 p.m at the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Prague Street.

Powell first ran on foot from the site of the collision, according to police. When he was caught, he was allegedly found to have a firearm on his person.

Four teenagers were passengers in the vehicle Powell was driving: an 18-year-old man, two 15-year-old girls and a 16-year-old girl. All received treatment from a local hospital for non-threatening life injuries, according to police.

Once arrested, Powell was treated at a local hospital and booked on suspicion of charges including homicide, evading a peace officer, reckless driving, child endangerment and carrying a concealed firearm.

Two of the three juveniles were detained pending arrest. The third was treated and later released to the custody of parents, police said. The 18-year-old male, not a juvenile, was detained but later released with no arrest pending.

SFPD Homicide Detail is handling the ongoing investigation, which police say is in its “early stages.”

Crimepolicesan francisco newstraffictransportation

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

San Francisco Park Rangers have seen their budget and staffing levels increase significantly since 2014. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Citations for being in SF’s public parks after midnight soar

Data shows disproportionate impact on Black residents

Parents and students line up socially distanced before the first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
‘It’s a beautiful sight’: The first students return to the classroom

San Francisco’s youngest public school students stepped into classrooms for in-person learning… Continue reading

Latest Breed nominee for Police Commission moves forward

Immigration attorney Jim Byrne clears Board of Supervisors committee

A rally at Golden Gate Park on Sunday April 11 drew a large crowd in support of calls to keep JFK Drive closed to traffic. (Emily Huston/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Hundreds rally for “JFK Thrive,” not JFK Drive

By Emily Huston More than two hundred gathered on a warm Sunday… Continue reading

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) starts against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 11, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Giants finish sweep of Rockies behind DeSclafani’s scoreless outing

Even with fans back at Oracle Park, San Francisco Giants pitchers have… Continue reading

Most Read