The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has charged a Hayward man arrested in connection with a hit-and-run in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Thursday with several felony counts related to the incident that left a boy with life-threatening injuries.
Andrew Alan Vargas, 21, has been charged with two counts of felony drunk driving with injury and one felony count of hit-and-run with injury.
The victims in the hit-and-run, a woman and a 9-year-old boy, were struck by a white pickup truck at the intersection of Mission and New Montgomery streets at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said the truck had been driving north on New Montgomery Street–a one-way southbound street–and was turning left onto Mission Street.
The truck did not stop after striking the pedestrians and continued west on Mission Street, colliding with several other parked and moving cars, police said.
One of the drunk driving charges outlines allegations that Vargas was driving with an open container, failed to stop at a red light, drove the wrong way on a one-way street and failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian, according to the district attorney’s office.
“The conduct alleged in this case is egregious,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement Monday. “Anyone who puts other drivers or pedestrians’ lives at risk with reckless, careless behavior should not be behind the wheel, and if they are, they should be prosecuted.”
Vargas is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at 1:30 p.m. in a yet-to-be-determined department of the San Francisco Superior Court.