Police have arrested a man who allegedly struck five people standing on the sidewalk in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood Wednesday morning and then fled the scene, killing one and injuring four others.
One person died following the incident and the other four remained hospitalized as of Wednesday afternoon. Of those people, one was listed in fair condition and three in serious condition, according to a spokesperson at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
The driver was traveling north on Illinois Street around 10:24 a.m. when he struck the five men as they stood on the eastern sidewalk at 24th Street, according to Officer Robert Rueca, who spoke to reporters at the scene.
Witnesses suggested the driver may have threatened the victims with an ax before running them over.
Paul Lim, a shop foreman at the nearby mechanical contracting firm Anderson Rowe & Buckley, said that he was working inside when a man came up to him and frantically asked “do you have something to stop the bleeding?”
“He was distraught, he wasn’t making sense,” Lim said. “He came looking for help from me.”
Lim described the man as a Good Samaritan trying to help the victims, and said he had described seeing a fight involving an ax.
Rueca would only confirm that police were investigating a report of a possible fight that occurred before the collision.
Police said a man had been arrested and his vehicle taken into custody but had not released his identity or description as of Wednesday afternoon.
Rueca said police believed the driver was targeting the victims and did not necessarily pose a danger to the general public.
“This incident appears to be isolated and specific,” Rueca said. “We don’t believe the public is in danger.”
The incident was one of two reported hit-and-run collisions that occurred Wednesday morning in The City.
Sam Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said a vehicle struck a woman on Bernal Heights Boulevard at Folsom Street at 8:22 a.m. and then fled the scene.
The woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Bernal Heights blog Bernalwood reported that a dark-colored Jeep Liberty Sport from the 2005 to 2007 model years was traveling east on Bernal Heights Boulevard before it swerved across the street to hit the woman, who was walking on the foot path on the north side of the road.
No arrest had been reported as of Wednesday afternoon.