Hit-and-run driver caught by good Samaritan 

A driver fleeing an accident slammed into a woman waiting at a bus shelter in the North of the Panhandle neighborhood Wednesday night, but was later caught after good Samaritans tailed the suspect’s beaten-up pickup truck to his Outer Richmond district home, police said.

The suspect, a 35-year-old man, rear-ended a vehicle while headed westbound on Hayes Street near Baker Street at 6:40 p.m., Lt. Liam Frost said.

Fleeing the collision, the driver threw his Ford truck into reverse, but ended up jumping the curb going backward, striking a woman and taking out the bus stop, Frost said.

The woman, said to be in her late 30s, sustained broken bones, but her injuries were not life-threatening, he said.

The driver fled eastbound on Hayes Street, but was not caught until after he had parked near his residence in the Outer Richmond district.

Good Samaritans that did not witness the accident but saw that the pickup was damaged and rolling down the street with a flat tire opted to follow the vehicle before calling police, Frost said.

“They had no clue what he did,” he said. “They just thought it was suspicious. Definitely a good Samaritan.”

The suspect is now in police custody, Frost said.

It was the second time within three hours that a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on city sidewalks. At 4:15 p.m. on Market Street in downtown San Francisco, a man believed to have suffered a seizure veered off the road, striking a man on the sidewalk and careening into an office building.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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