sfpd_arrestcuffs.jpgA man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after striking and critically injuring a woman on San Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue late Thursday night, a police spokesman said today.

The crash was reported at about 11:40 p.m. at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Vallejo Street.

The woman was crossing Van Ness Avenue when she was struck by a four-door black sedan driven by a 41-year-old man, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The man stopped but was arrested on suspicion of DUI by officers who responded. His name was not immediately being released, Esparza said.

The woman, who was walking across a red light, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with “very life-threatening injuries,” including trauma to her head, arms and legs, Esparza said.

Police are asking for help in identifying the woman, who had no identification with her. She is described as an Asian woman around 80 years old who is about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 105 pounds, according to Esparza.

Anyone with information about the woman’s identity or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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