Suspect arrested in fatal 8-car San Francisco crash that killed pedestrian

A traffic collision left one pedestrian dead and sent five other people to a hospital on Thursday morning near San Francisco State University, police said.

SFPD arrested 31-year-old San Francisco resident Jerry Lyons in connection to the fatal collision. 

The collision happened just before 8 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Lake Merced Boulevard at Higuera Avenue, San Francisco police said.

At the scene, officers found the victim, a 26-year-old man, in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The collision involved eight vehicles and, as a result, five people, including Lyons, were hospitalized, all with injuries not considered life-threatening. 

Investigators are looking into whether drugs or alcohol may have played a factor in the fatal collision.

The city's Medical Examiner's Office is working to identify the victim.

Lyons was booked on 11 arrest charges, including vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run, driving a stolen vehicle, and speeding among some of the offenses. 

He had been released on Post Release Community Supervision by the state prison system following a prior grand theft conviction. 

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call the Police Department's 24-hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to text TIP411 with "SFPD" at the beginning of the message.

KTVU contributed to this story.