A vehicle fatally struck an elderly man in San Francisco’s Crocker-Amazon neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, prompting police to arrest the car’s driver on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, a police spokesman said today.
The collision was reported at 3:29 p.m. Tuesday at Naples and Rolph streets.
The pedestrian, identified by the medical examiner’s office as 86-year-old Zhen Guang Ng, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died, police said.
San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said the driver, 69-year-old San Francisco resident Giampaolo Boschetti (pictured above), was arrested following the collision. He was subsequently booked under charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to stop at a stop sign
The death was the first of two involving pedestrians in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve.
At about 8 p.m., a 6-year-old girl was fatally struck at Polk and Ellis streets in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The driver in that case was also arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, Shyy said.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Fahey said Boschetti was released early Wednesday morning after posting bail.
Eve Batey contributed to this report by Dan McMenamin of Bay City News