A horrific high-speed crash in San Francisco's Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood Friday has left a teenager dead, his mother and 17-year-old sister critically injured and four others hospitalized, authorities said.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said a patrol officer saw a silver Mercedes cross Polk St. at a high rate of speed just two blocks before the crash occurred at 6:55 a.m. at Pine and Gough streets.
”The vehicle was going so fast, he (the officer) didn’t have time to even activate his lights before the crash took place,” Suhr said.
”The high rate of speed had been for several blocks,” Suhr added. “Witnesses have said they could not believe how fast the car was going…Some estimate (the speed) as high as 80 mph. “
Suhr refused to speculate what the driver traveling at such a high-rate of speed.
”I don’t know that the car was out of control,” he told reporters. “She was navigating traffic and she pulled around a car and ran into a car stopped at a red light from behind. We don’t know why she was driving the way she was driving. “
The force of the impact sent the van airborne.
"Witnesses say it (the crash) sounded like an explosion and the van was airborne," Suhr said.
A 16-year-old Lincoln High School student in a mini-van with his mother and his sister was killed. Friday afternoon, he was identified as Kevin San. The mother and teenage girl were in critical condition.
The elderly female driver of the Mercedes did not suffer any injuries in crash, authorities said.
Police Sgt. Danielle Newman said the intersection of Pine and Gough was shut down and was expected to be closed for an extended period of time.
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