Driver shot, crashes into Sunset home 

San Francisco homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 43-year-old man who was shot just before he crashed his car into a Sunset district home Wednesday night, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, was driving a four-door sedan near 29th Avenue and Santiago Street around 11:30 p.m. when he sideswiped a parked minivan, drove up onto the curb, and then smashed into a corner home’s two-car garage, totaling the BMW parked inside, police said.

After arriving on the scene, San Francisco firefighters extinguished a small fire that ignited in the man’s vehicle and the garage because of the crash.

San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, but it’s still unclear whether he died from the gunshot wound or the fire.

Mannina said a person in the proximity of the incident heard gunshots shortly before the man crashed into the garage. The case is being investigated as a homicide, he added.

A woman who lives at the house, on the 2200 block of Santiago Street, did not want to give her name, but she said family members were asleep in a downstairs bedroom that abuts the garage at the time of the crash.

"The family is traumatized," she said. "We’re coping the best we can. We’re just glad that nobody was hurt."

A neighbor, Fan-wa Fong, said she heard the man’s car smash into the garage, which immediately filled with fumes.

In 2006, there were three homicides within the boundaries of the Taraval Station — which patrols The City’s Sunset district — down from six in 2005. In 2004, there were 13 homicides in that district.

It is unknown whether Wednesday’s shooting was gang-related, Mannina said, and there is no description of a suspect or suspects.

arocha@examiner.com

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