Traffic Snarled, Several Victims Hospitalized After Allegedly Stolen Car Races Through Red Light

A red-light running driver of what police believe was a stolen Honda Accord was responsible for an Inner Richmond crash that sent multiple victims to the hospital, police and fire officials said.

According to fire officials, the four-car crash was reported at 12:20 p.m. near Geary Boulevard and 10th Avenue.

According to SFPD spokesperson officer Gordon Shyy, the stolen Honda was traveling northbound on 10th when it ran a red light on Geary. The Honda then slammed into an eastbound SUV, SFPD spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza said.

“Multiple vehicles (were) involved and multiple people (were) transported to the hospital,” Shyy said.

Two other cars were also involved in the crash. Five people were hurt, including a pedestrian who was struck by flying debris, Esparza said.

John Rinaldi, owner of Paul’s Battery & Tire Co. at 4620 Geary Blvd., said a Lexus SUV was on its roof and that three other cars involved in the crash were “pretty messed up.”

The driver of the Honda, a 25-year-old man, will be arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Esparza.

As of 2:15 p.m., Geary Boulevard remained closed in both directions.

“We estimate it will be closed a few hours,” Shyy said.

The silver SUV remained on its roof at the northeast corner of the intersection in front of a Mattress Discounters store. The Honda was nearby with its front end completely smashed in.

Dozens of onlookers had gathered at the fringes of the crash scene, which was cordoned off with police tape.

Bay City News contributed significantly to this report

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