21st and Mission streets. Photo by Eleni Balakrishnan

A car crash at 21st and Mission streets early Tuesday morning left 29-year-old driver Sara Paredes dead, and passengers from both cars injured, according to authorities. 

Paredes’ social media shows she attended John O’Connell High School in the Mission District.

Mission Station police officers responded to a report of a crash just after 1 a.m. Tuesday and found three injured parties: Paredes and her passenger, as well as an injured passenger from a second car, whose driver fled the scene on foot before police arrived, according to the San Francisco Police Department. 

Fire department medics rendered aid, but Paredes was pronounced dead at the scene. The two passengers are expected to survive, and were transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday confirmed that Paredes’ family was contacted and reported her as a resident of San Mateo County.

The crash follows recent spike in motor-vehicle crashes, many of them deadly. Two blocks away and just days earlier, a 20-year-old driver was sent spinning into a parklet on 20th Street after being hit by another speeding car that fled the scene. There were no reported injuries in that incident. 

San Francisco has seen 15 traffic fatalities so far this year; seven of those occurred in May, according to Vision Zero SF.

In response to the series of traffic deaths last month, Supervisor Dean Preston announced a resolution Tuesday afternoon calling for a public town hall within two weeks of any traffic fatality, as part of an effort to engage the community after such deaths.

The driver in Tuesday’s incident has not been identified, and police have opened an investigation. 

This is a developing story, and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and start the message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous. 

Sara Paredes’ family is raising funds for her funeral here.

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  1. I was there a couple mins after the accident. The driver who caused it all ran straight down 20th limping pretty badly. The victim was just trying to pull out of parking place when driver lost control at super excessive speed taking out parked cars on opposite side to east. I can’t believe the driver lived. My condolences to the family.

  2. As a mail carrier who walks these streets EVERYDAY, capp is just a very dangerous street. Drivers don’t follow the slow signs on 20th and capp, just speeding through the stop signs on 22nd and capp and almost hitting the elderly and children since there is a senior home just a block away. I have been close to almost getting run over countless times and drivers could care less for the slow streets since it is not a top priority for police. Obviously since these hit and run drivers have not been caught they will continue to do so.

  3. Any updates about the accident on 20th St in the Parklet? It was earlier reported that a license plate from the car that hit and ran was found at the scene, so I’m assuming an arrest has been made? Would be interested to see the details.

    1. I mentioned this yesterday and I’m still curious about that. A few years ago a friend of mine was coming home from work on his motorcycle when a car ran a light on Van Ness and hit him. Fortunately, he wasn’t badly injured ( a second either way and maybe not) but the car lost its license plate. He gave the SFPD the plate and guess what happened? Nothing.

  4. It is time to put Vision Zero out of our misery as yet another in a line of failed trends that transit planners and geeks pick up at professional conferences.

    Vision Zero only exists because the advocacy nonprofits, SF Bike and Walk SF are enjoined from organizing to get the SFPD to enforce traffic laws as a condition of their access.

    When the stakes are life and death, encampment fires, violations of the CA Vehicle Code, then cop, or unarmed city officer, intervention becomes an option.

    But the SFPD are too lazy to work, and the RICO operation is armed, so The City Family just cuts the extortion checks and gets out of their way.

    1. Driving in SF has become very dangerous. Everyday, it is not a matter if someone runs a red light or stop sign but when. And that’s just two things. I’m no snowflake. I drove a taxi here for a few years here and before I moved here in Chicago. I have seen drivers do things right in front of cops with no consequences.
      Police officers have been giving excuses for years why they haven’t been doing their jobs. The rationale that their morale is low (??!!) is questionable and really lame.

  5. I live a few blocks away and just before this happened I heard a car racing through the streets.

    On the weekends and any time there is a major sporting event, such as the Warriors on that night, these streets become filled with these low lives that have no regard for human life.

    Where are the cops? Why aren’t they patrolling and keeping working folks safe?

    It happens all the time and it will continue to happen in the Mission. There is no safety measure any more… even on a Monday night. It is a disgrace.

    1. You have to realize that there is an acute staffing shortage in SFPD. If you want a responsive team, you need to staff them at appropriate levels.

    2. “Low Lives”? Sir, you are being very judgmental, Many of these people you slander could be dealing with past life traumas and current oppressive systems maybe also effecting their mental health. Maybe oppressors should just stay off the streets and sidewalks.

    3. the cops are having a good time at the TREBOL BAR located at the corner of 21th and capp st here in the mission district. they play pool and chat with the ladies at this place. they love to have a great time while on uniform and police squad car.