Son of S.F. gardener accused in park death arrested on hit-and-run charge

Courtesy of San Francisco Police Department

The son of the San Francisco city gardener who is facing felony hit-and-run charges was arrested following his father’s court hearing Wednesday in connection with a hit-and-run collision with a cyclist, authorities said.

Jonathan Burnoski, 19, of San Francisco was taken into custody at his home Wednesday shortly after the 3:15 p.m. collision on San Jose Avenue, according to police.

Burnoski, who was not suspected of being intoxicated, was reportedly making a right turn from San Jose Avenue onto Regent Street when his vehicle collided with a bicyclist. The bicyclist was not seriously injured, police said.

Officer Albie Esparza said Friday that the bicycle made contact with the rear right side of Burnoski's vehicle.

A witness, according to Esparza, followed Burnoski's vehicle to his home.

Burnoski is no longer in custody after posting the $15,000 bail. Prosecutors are reviewing the case and will interview an additional witness before making a charging decision, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The collision occurred as Burnoski was returning home from the high-profile court hearing of his father, Recreation and Park Department employee Thomas Burnoski.

During that hearing, the elder Burnoski pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run for fatally striking a woman with his city-issued truck in a Bernal Heights park Sept. 5.

Thomas Burnoski is accused of fleeing the horrific midday collision in Holly Park after allegedly running over and killing 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr of Daly City. Svanemyr had been lying in the grass with her infant, who was not injured.

Thomas Burnoski is expected to return to court Monday for a status hearing.

Tragic traffic collisions have plagued the Burnoski family.

In April, Thomas Burnoski's 20-year-old daughter was killed by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel and hit the vehicle she was driving, his attorney Tony Tamborello said during his client's arraignment.

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