South City pedestrian survives alleged road rage incident

A South San Francisco man suffered non-life-threatening injuries early Monday morning when another man allegedy attempted to run him over with his sport utility vehicle.

South San Francisco police arrested Rodrigo Martinez, 25, of San Francisco, on suspicion of attempted murder and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and booked him into San Mateo County Jail. He allegedly hit Jaime Rodriguez with his black 2000 Chevy Tahoe on a street corner in South City after getting into a fight with Rodriguez and others.

Rodriguez, in his 30s, according to police officials, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with facial and abdominal injuries.

“I don't believe it's gang-related,” said Sgt. Joni Lee of South City's Police Department, who added that it was unknown what they were fighting about.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday morning, up to six individuals were fighting in front of 254 Grand Ave. in South City, and three fled on foot, according to officials.

The others gathered in the black Tahoe, and Martinez allegedly tried to run over the three fleeing individuals.

In the process, the Chevy collided with a traffic light at the Grand Avenue and Linden Avenue intersection, continuing to pursue the individuals on foot. The SUV hit Rodriguez by the southwest corner of Grand and Linden.

Shortly after he allegedly hit Rodriguez, Martinez was pulled over while driving the Tahoe on El Camino Real in South City. Police believe Martinez was driving when Rodriguez was hit.

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