Sheriff’s cadet charged in Masonic Ave. fatal hit-and-run held on $1M bail 

A 23-year-old San Francisco sheriff’s cadet accused of hitting and killing a 61-year-old pedestrian in The City’s North of Panhandle neighborhood Friday was ordered held on $1 million bail during a brief, but tearful, appearance in court Tuesday.

Jose Jimenez was arrested shortly after the 2:30 a.m. crash at the intersection of Masonic Avenue and Turk Boulevard that left James Hudson, of San Francisco, dead. Jimenez’s car also allegedly struck four parked cars and crashed into a planter box outside St. Mary’s Medical Center, according to police.

In San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday, Jimenez agreed to postpone entering a plea to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and hit-and-run, on the advice of his attorney, Chris Morales. Both Jimenez and members of his family in the courtroom struggled to hold back tears.

Judge Nancy Davis agreed with a prosecution request to hold Jimenez on $1 million bail.

“What’s important here is that the family and my client are distraught at Mr. Hudson’s death, and our prayers are with Mr. Hudson’s family,” Morales said following the hearing. “It’s a horrible thing that happened.”

Jimenez has been at the Sheriff’s Department since September 2008 and provided security at the Department of Emergency Management’s 911 center at 1011 Turk St., according to department spokeswoman Susan Fahey. She said he was off duty at the time of the crash, and has since been placed on administrative leave.

Jimenez is due back in court May 18.

Residents of the Masonic Avenue area and pedestrian activists have called for city officials to find a way to slow traffic on the busy corridor, which has been the scene of two DUI-related traffic fatalities in the last nine months and several other accidents.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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