Woman fatally struck by suspect vehicle during police pursuit in SF

A woman struck and killed by a car fleeing police in San Francisco on Friday night has been identified as 42-year-old Bridget Klecker, authorities said.

Police believe three suspects involved in Friday night's pursuit committed multiple armed robberies throughout The City last week and committed at least three alone on Friday night, San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

The suspect car used in the robberies was described as a newer model black Toyota Corolla.

Shortly before 10 p.m., the suspects conducted their last robbery of the night at Clay and Larkin streets in the Nob Hill neighborhood, Gatpandan said.

A patrol officer spotted the Corolla blocks away heading north on Leavenworth Street at Pine Street.

The officer attempted to make a high-risk felony stop on the vehicle with the assistance of other police units at California and Mason streets, but the suspect vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued, Gatpandan said.

About four blocks east, the suspect car struck a woman at California and Kearny streets in the Financial District.

The pedestrian, later identified as Klecker, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Klecker was a San Francisco resident, according to the medical examiner's office.

Meanwhile, the suspect car continued fleeing police and struck another pedestrian near Union Square at Post and Powell streets.

Some of the officers aided the victim while other units continued to follow the suspect car.

The second pedestrian suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

Officers then saw the Corolla hit a vehicle in the area of Eighth and Harrison streets, but officers lost sight of the suspect car in the South of Market neighborhood.

No injuries were reported in the third collision.

Officers later conducted an area check on Treasure Island where they found the suspect vehicle unoccupied and confirmed it was stolen.

Two firearms were recovered at Stockton and California streets that police believe were thrown from the Corolla. Police are continuing to look for the three suspects.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. Tips can also be sent by text to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.

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