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Posted: 10:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
By Amber Lee
SAN FRANCISCO —
New details surfaced Friday night about a San Francisco teen killed on his way to school when a speeding car slammed violently into the back of his mother's minivan.
Witnesses said a deadly car crash at Pine and Gough Streets in San Francisco Friday morning sounded like an explosion.
Kevin San, 16, was a junior at Lincoln High School. His Facebook page shows he was involved in junior ROTC and belonged to a group of bicycle enthusiasts.
San was sitting behind his mother in the gold minivan and his sister was in the front passenger seat.
The high school student died at the scene.
Police said the driver responsible for the crash is a 58-year-old woman.
Investigators said the woman was speeding in her silver Mercedes SUV and slammed into San's family van, mangling metal and shattering lives.
"When she came out of the car, she fell to her knees and grabbed her head . she looked really distraught," said witness Tanya Smith.
Police said investigators took the driver of the Mercedes to the police station to interview her.
"During the interview she began to complain of chest pains. She's been taken back to the hospital," said San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.
KTVU asked Suhr what caused her to slam her vehicle into the minivan along with a catering truck and a parked car.
"There doesn't appear to be, nor can anybody fathom any excuse for this sort of driving," said Chief Suhr.
Suhr declined to reveal what the driver said to investigators, but said that there is no indication she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
KTVU also asked Suhr if there was any indication that the vehicle she was driving had a mechanical problem.
"The vehicles were so mangled, the examination couldn't be done. Certainly not in this quick of time," Suhr said.
The boy's mother and sister remain at San Francisoc General Hospital. Both are in critical condition.
The mother is suffering life threatening injuires. Her 17-year-old daughter is expected to survive.
The three people in the catering van were taken to the hospital, but KTVU was told their injuries are not serious.
Chief Suhr said the driver of the Mercedes SUV will face at least one count of vehicular manslaughter.
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