DA to charge crash suspect with murder 

Prosecutors decided Monday to charge a man accused of fatally striking a pedestrian with his car Friday while driving from a shooting in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood with murder, district attorney's office spokesman Brian Buckelew said.
The 2:20 a.m. crash at Columbus and Vallejo streets left 21-year-old Luis Prieto, of San Francisco, dead.

The driver of the Nissan Maxima who police said was responsible, Oscar Alejandre, 21, of San Pablo, was arrested following the crash and appeared in San Francisco Superior Court this morning on a separate firearm case.

Buckelew said his office decided late Friday morning to charge Alejandre with second-degree murder.

Bail was set this morning at $100,000 on Alejandre's previous case, two misdemeanor charges for alleged possession of a gun at a parking lot at 530 Broadway, the same location of Friday's alleged shooting.

Alejandre remains in custody and is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge Tuesday morning.

According to police, Alejandre, Fidel Bejarano, 24, of Hercules, and Andrea Luna, 22, of Richmond, had been at a nearby strip club in the 1000 block of Kearny Street on Friday night.

Police were called to the parking lot at about 2:15 a.m. and were attempting to break up a fight when they heard gunshots nearby. No injuries were reported.

Officers then saw a gray Nissan Maxima speeding from the area with its lights off, police said.

Following the car, officers saw it strike something at Vallejo and Columbus streets and then continue on, police said. Officers realized a pedestrian had been struck and called for assistance.

The Maxima was found abandoned, with front-end and windshield damage, several blocks away in the 600 block of Lombard Street, and Alejandre and Bejarano were arrested nearby, police said.

According to police, a handgun was found inside Luna's purse in the car. She was arrested later in the morning.

Two other guns were recovered, one near the car and another where the shooting took place, police said.

Alejandre was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, weapons and drug violations, conspiracy and driving on a suspended license.

Bejarano was booked on weapons and drug violations, conspiracy and resisting arrest. Luna was booked on weapons and drug violations.

In 2009, Alejandre was acquitted of first-degree murder in Contra Costa County for an alleged fatal drive-by shooting of another man in San Pablo in 2007.

Prosecutors there said they were able to get Alejandre's alleged accomplices to testify against him at trial, but the jury found there was not enough corroborating evidence to justify a guilty verdict.

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