A driver of a moped who crashed into a black four-door Volkswagen making an illegal U-turn at South Van Ness and Adair streets at 12:31 a.m. on Sunday is in critical condition. The force of the impact catapulted him from his seat and he suffered a head injury, collapsed lungs, and a fractured thigh bone. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital in life-threatening condition.
UPDATE: SFPD reported that the driver who was injured was riding a moped rather than a car (the story has been corrected to reflect this). It remains unclear whether or not the driver making the illegal maneuver cooperated with emergency personnel after the crash.
Police also report that a man fended off three robbers armed with a gun on Saturday, but suffered a gunshot wound in the process. The 35-year-old man was walking on 19th and South Van Ness streets at 4:40 a.m. when he was approached by three men ranging from 22 to 35 years old. The suspects approached the man and pulled out a revolver, and then demanded his property. The victim grabbed the gun to defend himself, but it fired, leaving him with a gunshot wound in the hand. He found his way to San Francisco General Hospital, and his would-be robbers fled on foot. No arrests were made.
A woman was approaching the corner of 20th and Mission streets on foot at 4:23 p.m. on Saturday, when a man reached out and attempted to grab her purse. He wasn’t able to take the purse, but then went for her necklace instead, yanking it off her neck. The man then jumped in a green Ford truck driven by a second suspect and fled the area southbound on Folsom street. The victim did not suffer any injuries, and no arrests were made.
Shortly thereafter, at about 5 p.m., a 55-year-old man was approached by a 30-year-old man on Julian Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. The younger man struck the older man in the head with an unknown object, causing a laceration on his eye. The suspect took the victim’s money and fled, eluding arrest. The victim was treated at San Francisco General Hospital, but his condition was not life threatening.
At shortly after 10 p.m. that same night, a 28-year-old man was sitting on the front steps of a house on Woodward Street between Duboce Avenue and 14th Street when a 35-to 40-year-old man walked up to him with a knife. The suspect stole the man’s wallet, containing a debit card and cash, and then punched the victim before fleeing on foot. The victim walked to St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment, and the suspect is still outstanding.
Also in the early hours of Sunday morning, shortly before 2 a.m., two 25-year-old men approached a 26-year-old man on 18th and Mission streets and said something to the older man that he didn’t understand. The two younger men then attacked their victim with a pipe before fleeing the scene on foot. The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with a cut to the head that required stitches but was non life threatening. No arrests were made.
An attempted robbery occurred at a grocery store on Folsom street between 14th and 15th streets on Sunday at around 7:30 p.m. Two men, one 27 and the other 30 years old, entered the store, grabbed a few groceries, and tried to leave. A 24-year-old loss prevention agent approached them and demanded they return the items, but one of the men brandished a knife. Another employee, this one 57 years old, came over and managed to recover the items. One of the suspects fled the scene, but the second was later arrested.
Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.
Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.