A red 1990 Acura crashes into a home on South Van Ness.

A man in a red 1990 Acura apparently drag racing down South Van Ness Street on Sunday fled the scene after hitting the back of a parked silver Mitsubishi, splitting a tree in two and crashing into a duplex at 857 South Van Ness St.

The incident occurred around 3:40 p.m. The damage to the duplex was minimal.

A red 1990 Acura crashes into a home on South Van Ness.
A red 1990 Acura crashes into a home on South Van Ness. Photo by Rosa Ramírez

“We heard a screech,” said Emily, who lives at 857 South Van Ness St. and owns the Mitsubishi.  She was in her backyard with her husband Juan when the accident occurred.  Emily and Juan declined to give their last name.

The couple said they came out to the front of the duplex to find a young man running northbound on South Van Ness Street.

Juan, who is 38, said even though the man was limping, he was unable to catch up to him.

The suspect was stout and looked to be in his mid-20s, Juan said.  He was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

Susan Moorehead, who lives across the street on 870 South Van Ness St., saw the red Acura drag racing at what seemed like 100 miles an hour with a blue hatchback car when it lost control and ran head on into the residence. The blue car never stopped.

The car hit a nearby tree splitting it in two and knocked the paint off the front of the residence.

The police arrived on the scene five to ten minutes after the crash. The car registration found in the vehicle matched the vehicle’s description.  A driver’s license was also found but the suspect has not been confirmed.

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  1. Illegal street racing is out of control. I cant believe someone would witness an accident and just drive away… I have read stories on a site called Evo Street Racers where street racers will crash, car goes on fire, person is still alive, and the other car just drives away! Crazy! more needs to be done to stop it.

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