UPDATE 9/9/16: San Francisco Police report that the woman who was struck on Mission Street, a 62-year-old woman, is in life-threatening condition, having suffered traumatic brain injury. The driver of the car that flipped, a 51-year-old man, was arrested. Police now report the man struck six or seven parked cars before flipping over, and that the victim was getting into her car when the suspect’s vehicle struck her.
Two collisions within a half our of one another were reported in the Mission District on Thursday afternoon, both of them resulting in flipped vehicles. Two people – one from each crash – were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to San Francisco Fire Department Spokesperson Mindy Talmadge.
At 16th and Mission streets, the driver of a gray Jeep traveling southbound appears to have hit three parked cars and then flipped over at 3:02 p.m., according to a police spokesperson and witnesses.
Car flipped over at 16th and Mission, woman struck, multiple transports, injuries unknown. pic.twitter.com/Aaah6klloX
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“I just seen a car going and it swerved and hit one car after another. It hit a few cars and flipped over,” said one witness, who did not give his name. “There was somebody that was putting money in the meter and she fell down. All of the people came up and grabbed the [driver].”
The witness said the driver was the only person in the moving Jeep. The owner of the Jeep, who did not give her name, said she had loaned the car to her ex-husband, and that the driver was all right. Police had no information on the driver’s condition. No information was available about the condition of the driver.
A woman in her 50s was struck and was thrown some seven feet into the air, however, according to Officer Carlos Manfredi, a police spokesperson. Manfredi said he did not know the extent of the injuries sustained or how many were sent to the hospital from the crash, but added that there was no indication yet whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved.
Buses and cars were rerouted onto South Van Ness Avenue until at least 5 p.m., snarling traffic in surrounding streets.
13th and South Van Ness
At 13th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, a silver Toyota pickup truck and car were involved in a collision that left one of the vehicles flipped over at around 3:31 p.m. According to a police officer at the scene, the Toyota was towing an open box trailer and driving south along South Van Ness when the driver ran a red light and collided with a white Mustang. The collision separated the trailer from the pickup truck, resulting in the trailer hitting a parked at a red light headed north on South Van Ness.
The Toyota was carrying its driver and a dog, and only one person was reportedly in the Mustang. One person was transported to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition following the collision.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.