Police still seek hit-and-run driver 

Nearly a year after an Arizona businessman was killed in a crosswalk in a hit-and-run crash, police are appealing to the public with a reminder that there is a $20,000 reward for information on the incident.

On June 24, 2006, witnesses saw the body of Mark Craite, 51, fly into the air amid a screeching of tires, San Francisco police Inspector Rich Van Kroll said Wednesday. Craite was crossing Mission Street on Beale Street at about 2:10 a.m. when a white Jeep Cherokee hit him, then sped west on Mission Street, police reported.

Van Kroll said cameras mounted on traffic lights captured an image of the vehicle, but the license plate was not visible. He said the Jeep was traveling next to a Chevrolet Impala, and that the two vehicles appeared to be associated.

"The camera shot that I have is from far away. It shows the two cars coming to the intersection together. I suspect they were racing. They were side by side," he said.

Craite, who worked for Wells Fargo, had been attending a work-related social function at the Gordon Biersch brewpub, and was walking back to his hotel when he was hit, Van Kroll said.

The City and Wells Fargo are offering the reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call Van Kroll at the Hit-and-Run detail at (415) 553-1938 or the confidential tip line, at (415) 575-4444.


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