Teen arrested in Tenderloin hit-and-run that injured police officer

An 18-year-old San Francisco woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a hit-and-run collision that injured a police officer in the Tenderloin.

The officer was crossing Eddy Street at Larkin Street around 3 p.m. in the crosswalk when a driver in a blue sedan turning left onto Eddy from northbound Larkin hit him and then fled the scene, police said.

The officer, a plainclothes detective based out of the department’s Southern Station, was crossing on a green light when he was struck by what was described as a Mercedes Benz, according to Lt. William Escobar.

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The officer was take to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were not thought to be life threatening.

Police stopped a vehicle in the area of 26th Avenue and California Street in the Richmond District just over 15 minutes later, and arrested 18-year-old Marisa Androvich on suspicion of felony hit and run.

The incident is the second time in less than a year that an officer has been struck by a hit-and-run driver in the Tenderloin.

Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel, 32, was run down on October 18 while on bicycle patrol by a suspect fleeing from police officers investigating a possible firearm violation on Turk Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street. That suspect was arrested later that afternoon, while Lewin-Tankel was left with major injuries.

An officer was also struck by a fleeing auto burglary suspect on Feb. 1 near San Francisco’s Alamo Square. That driver struck another person thought to be an auto burglary suspect.

Police arrested three suspects in connection with the auto burglary.

Police are asking any witnesses to call (415) 575-5555 to text tips to TIP411, starting the message with “SFPD.”

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