Police seek driver of white van in New Year’s Eve hit-and-run 

Police are seeking the public's assistance in finding the driver of a white van who fled the scene of a hit-and-run in the Tenderloin on New Year's Eve where a pedestrian was hit by one car and then ran over by another.

The incident occurred about 9:45 a.m. when the pedestrian was walking westbound on Turk Street crossing the street on a green light, police said. A black BMW ran a red light and struck the pedestrian, throwing them into the intersection in the path of the white van, which ran the victim over.

The van backed up and parked along the curb on Turk Street but never identified himself to police at the scene and eventually fled the scene.

The victim was taken to the hospital and continues to recover.

The BMW involved in the accident stopped after striking the pedestrian and a female driver got out of the car and walked away, police said. Her boyfriend then got into the driver's seat and drove away westbound on Turk Street. Those two suspects were later arrested.

Veronica Gonzalez, 33, was booked on charges of felony hit and run, driving on a suspended driver's license and with no insurance, police said. Ivan Roldan, 25, was booked on charges of accessory after the fact, driving with a suspended license and failure to properly secure a child in a child seat. There was a one-year-old child in the back seat.

The driver of the white van is still at large and he was described as being between 30 and 40 years old, last seen wearing a blue and white checkered shirt. He was driving a white, 1986 or 1987 Dodge or Ford van. There is video of the van and the incident at the police department's website at http://www.sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=3763&recordid=863.

Anyone with information on the driver of the van may call police at (415) 575-4444 or by text at TIP411, with "SFPD" at the beginning of the message.

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