A pedestrian who was killed in a crash caused by a driver trying to flee from police in San Francisco’s Mission District on New Year’s Day has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 26-year-old Francisco Gutierrez.
The incident began around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday when police received a report of shots fired from a vehicle near the Valencia Gardens housing complex at 14th and Guerrero streets.
Arriving officers tried to stop a potential suspect vehicle at 21st and Mission streets but the car sped off heading east on 21st Street, police said.
The vehicle then collided with another car driving north on South Van Ness Avenue, sending that car careening into Muzio’s Wines and Liquor store at the northeast corner of the intersection, according to police.
The victim vehicle also struck Gutierrez, who was entering the store.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, as was a woman in the victim vehicle, police said. The male driver of the car was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The identity of the female passenger was not yet being released this morning, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The suspect, whose name has also not yet been released, was taken into custody and was hospitalized. He will be charged in connection with the deaths as well as for a firearm found in his car, police said.
Photo: Jackson West. Story: Dan McMenamin, Bay City News