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.