SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - Seven Bay Area children are left without a father after a deadly crash Sunday on 101.
Waheed Etimad was driving an Uber when he was hit by a wrong way driver Sunday around 2:30 a.m.
Car after car sat mangled in the middle of the 101 in San Francisco in the aftermath of the crash.
The CHP said a red Volkswagen got on Northbound 101 at Vermont Street and headed south.
The driver side swept two cars, kept driving then crashed head on with another car by the Alemany Boulevard off ramp. That area of 101 was shut down for hours before reopening.
“If you’re going the wrong way on the freeway that’s a major issue,” said CHP Sergeant Mitchell Scott.
Investigators said the person who was driving the wrong way wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, and was thrown from her car and died. Another man also died and nine others were hurt.
Their injuries range from moderate to critical. Firefighters used the jaws of life to rescue them.
“Never get used to these scenes you’ll remember it throughout the day, throughout the week,” said Scott.
Just interviewed the heartbroken a family of Waheed Etimad - Uber driver killed in wrong-way crash in #SanFrancisco. He leaves behind 7 children. They say they are worried...don’t know what they will do it without their dad. @KTVU pic.twitter.com/MWe7wogeum— Elissa Harrington (@EHarringtonTV) February 4, 2019
A GoFundMe page for Etimad states it was a typical Sunday morning when his family got a knock at the door. The kids had been watching cartoons, and his wife was making breakfast. When they opened the door they received the devastating news that Etimad had been in a deadly crash.
According to the Gofundme page, "(Etimad was) their sole breadwinner, a 40 year old father of seven, was killed by a wrong way driver. He was taking care of his family by working full time and was a full time student in college. (He) was a hardworking, family oriented man. After working with the US Army in Afghanistan, he had migrated to the US for a better life for him and his family. He was such an amazing father, husband, and friend."
Investigators are working to determine how fast the wrong way driver was going and if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.