Woman Allegedly Responsible For Crash That Killed SF Teen Released On $300,200 Bail

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter for allegedly causing a crash that killed a 16-year-old boy in San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood on Friday morning, police said today.

Jennie Zhu, 58, was arrested and booked on the manslaughter charge and two traffic infractions related to the crash, which happened at about 6:55 a.m. Friday at Pine and Gough streets, according to police.

Zhu was released Saturday after posting $300,200 bail, sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Fahey said.

Zhu allegedly drove recklessly and went through multiple stoplights before she rear-ended a minivan occupied by a mother and her teenage son and daughter, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The teen killed has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as Kevin San, a student at Lincoln High School. His mother and sister were critically injured in the crash.

Lincoln High principal Barnaby Payne posted a message on the school’s website over the weekend saying grief counselors will be available on campus this week.

Payne said the main floor display case will be devoted to honoring San this week, and there will also be a sympathy poster set up to allow students to share thoughts and well wishes for his family.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Truly Sayer

    Mercedes SUV sudden acceleration (previous incidents)
    due to drivers haphazardly pressing Cruise Control lever upward,
    instead of turn signal,
    at the side of the steering wheel.

    The following article might be relevant —

    > supposedly MERCEDES-BENZ SUV’s
    have a notorious problem with sudden acceleration
    due to the placement of the cruise control lever
    mechanism —
    view Link =>
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-tackles-unintended-acceleration-with-new-cruise-control-stalk/

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    • Rebecca Gardner

      Most German vehicles, like my VW, have a cruise control lever near the turn signal. If I push up like making a right turn then it makes the car go faster. I’ve actually done that by accident. However, pressing the brake on any car will disengage the cruise control and engage the brakes, and it’s reported that she ran multiple stoplights.

      We can’t speculate what she did or what was going through her mind. This whole story is just so sad.

  • Truly Sayer

    Mercedes SUV sudden acceleration (previous incidents)

    due to drivers haphazardly pressing Cruise Control lever upward,

    instead of turn signal,

    at the side of the steering wheel.

    The following article might be relevant —

    > supposedly MERCEDES-BENZ SUV’s

    have a notorious problem with sudden acceleration

    due to the placement of the cruise control lever

    mechanism —

    click Link =>

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-tackles-unintended-acceleration-with-new-cruise-control-stalk/

    —–

  • Truly Sayer

    Note:
    Mercedes SUV sudden acceleration (previous incidents)

    due to drivers haphazardly pressing Cruise Control lever upward,

    instead of turn signal,

    at the side of the steering wheel.

    The following article might be relevant —

    > supposedly MERCEDES-BENZ SUV’s

    have a notorious problem with sudden acceleration

    due to the placement of the cruise control lever

    mechanism — click on Link =>

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-tackles-unintended-acceleration-with-new-cruise-control-stalk/

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    • Truly Sayer

      read the news article (see Link above)

    • ageedoy

      The recall only affects the 1st generation M-Class models, specifically 2000-2004 models. From the crash photos, the vehicle in the accident is a 2nd generation M-class which is not named in the recall.