Women crash car, then do it again

A hit-and-run accident and another major collision minutes later may have one thing in common: two allegedly intoxicated women, police said.

Police say that just minutes after being involved in a hit-and-run accident in South City, Cynthia Dunn, 38, and Lillian Robinson, 45, got into a second major collision late Thursday afternoon that left them in critical condition.

Robinson was driving a 1992 Lexus SC400 coupe at 5:15 p.m. when she rear-ended a car on West Orange Avenue at El Camino Real, according to police. The women fled the area, but then switched seats and proceeded northbound on Orange Avenue.

The car, now driven by Dunn, was traveling at 70 to 75 mph on a residential street with a 25 mph speed limit, said Sgt. Joni Lee of the South San Francisco Police Department.

Police said that when Dunn tried to turn left onto Almond Avenue below Sign Hill — one mile from the site of the first accident, she lost control of the Lexus — driving onto the sidewalk and crashing into a wooden landscaping retaining wall in the front yard of a house. The accident happened at 5:22 p.m., seven minutes after the first collision.

The vehicle’s air bags did not deploy, and both Dunn and Robinson sustained major injuries, police said. After being treated at the scene by paramedics, they were rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where they were admitted into intensive care unit for fractured ribs, internal bleeding and major head injuries. Lee said both women remained in critical condition Friday.

The police could not talk to the women after the accident, so they did not know where they came from or where they were heading. Police said there was evidence that both women were intoxicated on alcohol or drugs.

Lee said upon release from the hospital, Robinson will face hit-and-run and drunken driving charges for the first collision. Dunn will be charged for felony drunken driving, said police.

“Luckily, no one else was injured,” Lee said. “Usually people who are drunk drivers don’t get hurt, but other people do. But because they hit the wall, they had a lot of injuries.”

She also advised, “Don’t drink and drive. And don’t speed.”

svasilyuk@sfexaminer.com

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