Two donation boxes have been set up at the corner of 21st Street and South Van Ness Avenue, where two people died following a collision Jan. 1. One of the victims’ relatives told Mission Local that funds will help the families of the victims send their bodies home for burial.
Francisco Gutierrez, a 26-year-old man, was struck and killed by a white Toyota sedan that crashed into Muzio’s Wine Liquor store Tuesday morning at about 7:45 a.m., after the vehicle was hit by a black four-door car fleeing from police.
The passenger of the Toyota, Patricia, a 29-year-old woman whose last name has not been released, also died.
Gutierrez’s brother, 30-year-old Orlin Gutierrez, was present at Muzio’s Thursday and told Mission Local that $1,500 was needed to send his brother’s body back to Honduras. Gutierrez did not want to comment further on his brother’s death.
Donations are also being accepted for Patricia, for a funeral in Guatemala.
A memorial of candles and flowers continues to grow outside the entrance to the store.
The suspect, 19-year-old David Morales, was driving at high speed down South Van Ness Avenue when his vehicle struck the Toyota. The Toyota subsequently hit Gutierrez and smashed into Muzio’s.
Morales shot at three pedestrians near Valencia Gardens at 14th and Guerrero streets earlier that morning before police officers attempted a traffic stop. No one was reported injured in the shooting.
A third victim, the 18-year-old man who was driving the Toyota, was in serious condition as of Wednesday, police said.