Hit-and-run driver takes out fire hydrant in SoMa 

click to enlarge A hit-and-run driver knocked over a fire hydrant in the South of Market area Tuesday, according to a witness at the scene. - PHOTO COURTESY OF GINA PIO RODA
  • Photo courtesy of Gina Pio Roda
  • A hit-and-run driver knocked over a fire hydrant in the South of Market area Tuesday, according to a witness at the scene.

A hit-and-run driver knocked over a fire hydrant in the South of Market area Tuesday, according to a witness at the scene.

The accident happened on Third Street between Howard and Folsom streets around 9:30 a.m., according to Charlene Evans, a worker in the area who reported the watery aftermath to The SF Examiner.

The resultant geyser was “like four stories high,” Evans said.



The incident closed down one lane of traffic and delayed construction work in the area, Evans said.

“I guess a big black SUV hit it,” Evans said. “But [police] got her license plate number.”

San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza confirmed reports that a black Cadillac Escalade was seen driving down Third Street, hitting the hydrant and continuing driving. The driver was described as a white female, Esparza said.

Police and Fire Department personnel were on the scene assisting with traffic while they turned the water supply off. As of 9:43 a.m. the water was shut off and flooding in the road receded, Evans said.

There was no further information on the whereabouts of the driver or license plate number of the Escalade as of Thursday afternoon.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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