Remembering New Year’s Car Crash Victims

Officers respond to a two-car collision on 21st Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Photo by George Lipp.

It’s been exactly a year since the horrific New Year’s day crash that killed two people on the corner of 22nd Street and South Van Ness Avenue.

ABC 7 spoke to Emmanuel Garcia, 19, one of the survivors.

On New Year’s Day, Garcia was driving his aunt home after the family had celebrated. It was just before 8 a.m. At that same time, investigators say, the driver of a black Chevy was trying to get away from police and ran through the intersection of South Van Ness and 21st Street, broadsiding Garcia’s car.

The impact was so great that Garcia’s aunt, Sylvia Tun, died. The car spun out of control and also hit a pedestrian, 26-year-old Francisco Gutierrez. He also died.

Garcia says he remembers his aunt’s laughter just moments before the crash. Those were happy moments, full of laughter. His mother lost a sister, who is now buried in their native Guatemala.

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