Elsewhere: UCSF cop killed, dispatcher hurt in high-speed crash Chron, UC cop killed in high-speed car accident ABC7

8:05 AM: KTVU is reporting that the driver and passenger of the car were members of the UC Police Department. They say that off-duty officer 32 year old Detective Edson Veloro, the passenger of the car, has died, and that driver and UCPD dispatcher 39 year old Art Dragon (both names taken off audio, we’ll correct the spelling when we get confirmation) has been taken to SF General with serious injuries.

They also note that as both parties were ejected, CHP, which is investigating the accident, says it’s difficult to confirm who was driving at this time, (seemingly negating the previous sentence in this story). Neither were wearing seat belts.

Several witnesses claim they say the car switching lanes quickly before abruptly exiting 280. Police say that the speeding Dodge Magnum traveling southbound came off 280near John Daly, struck several trees and two parked cars before landing in the parking lot of an apartment complex near Oceanview Terrace. The CHP said the car reached speeds of up to 100 MPH, and was speeding recklessly.

1:19 AM (BCN): San Francisco fire paramedics, firefighters, and the California Highway Patrol this morning are responding to Interstate Highway 280 in the city’s Oceanview neighborhood where a speeding car left the highway and crashed near an apartment complex, likely killing a passenger, a CHP officer said.

A white Dodge Charger was reportedly speeding on southbound Highway 280 when the car left the roadway near Alemany Boulevard at around 12:15 a.m., according to witness reports, CHP Officer Robert Haven said.

One party was ejected from the vehicle as it crashed on to a surface street and was likely killed in the fall, Haven said. A medical examiner has been summoned.

The Dodge came dangerously close to hitting an apartment complex on Ocean View Terrace, but no reports of damage to the building have been confirmed.

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  • raqcoon

    It’s appalling that the people who are to enforce the rules break the rules bigtime and set a bigtime bad example: speeding, reckless driving, not wearing seat belts, and who knows if vices were involved. Dragon is set up for vehicular manslaughter if he was indeed driving. The only good outcome was that the car didn’t hit the residence. It irks me that the heat does crazy stuff like this. RIP, condolences, whatever.