South City rocked by violence on weekend

Second fatal hit-and-run in a month followed by alleged road rage shooting

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — A bloody weekend on South San Francisco streets turned fatal Monday when a Friday night hit-and-run victim was taken off life support by his family.

Daniel DeGuzman, 41, of South San Francisco died, just hours after an unrelated late-night road rage incident left a Genentech employee with non-life threatening injuries from bullets in his chest and arm, police said.

DeGuzman’s death is the second fatal hit-and-run in a month in South San Francisco. On Sept. 23, Carlos Duran, a 35-year-old house painter from South San Francisco, died after being struck by what police said was a 1999-2000 model Honda with a fin or spoiler at Oyster Point Boulevard and Eccles Avenue. The suspect in that case is still at large.

DeGuzman was walking — his family told police that he generally liked to walk in the neighborhood, said South San Francisco Police Sgt. Joni Lee — at the intersection of Callan Boulevard and King Drive, near the Daly City border, Friday night. He was struck by what police believe was a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Honda, Ford Probe or Pontiac Grand Am-type vehicle.

An unmarried man with no children, he suffered massive fatal head trauma due to the accident.

Lee said some potential witnesses have come forward, but they are still looking for an adult Filipino male, 21-24 years old with black hair in a long ponytail.

“We’re looking at vehicular manslaughter and a felony hit-and-run,” Lee said.

On Sunday night at 10:44 p.m., a 24-year-old Genentech employee was leaving work in his red Ford Focus when a white, four-door sedan — possibly a Ford Focus — drove behind him on Forbes Bouelvard in the industrial area.

Lee said she didn’t know the nature of the altercation but at some point the white car, as seen from a building security camera, pulled in front of the victim’s car.

At Oyster Point Boulevard and Airport Boulevard, the suspect got out of his car and fired several rounds from a .45-caliber gun into the red vehicle’s driver side.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Filipino male in his mid-20s, 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds, wearing a white baseball hat, white hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He may also have had a moustache.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and arm, Lee said, and continued to drive, ending up in Brisbane where he called the police.

“He was just trying to get out of the kill-zone,” Lee said.

Genentech did not offer a comment on the incident.

The white vehicle was last seen traveling on Sister Cities Boulevard at Hillside Boulevard in South San Francisco, Lee said.

Witnesses are encouraged to call South San Francisco Police at (650) 877-8900 or an anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244.

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