Suspect identified in San Francisco carjacking, deadly crash
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police identified the suspect accused of carjacking a city-owned vehicle and leading officers on a chase that ended in a deadly crash.
Carlo Watson, 57, is accused of several crimes that started when he stole a city truck about 10 a.m. Wednesday near Folsom and Mabini streets, investigators said.
San Francisco sheriff's deputies spotted the vehicle on Kansas and 25th streets, touching off a vehicle pursuit through city streets.
San Francisco police officials said the stolen pick-up truck collided with an SUV at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue, before slamming into a nearby bus stop where people were waiting.
"It was a loud bang," witness Eric Rivere said. "One lady got pinned underneath the car, one guy was laying on the side of the truck with a big laceration on his head."
Four innocent bystanders were struck, and one of them, a 58-year-old man died. The other victims, a man age 37, and two women ages 57 and 70, did not suffer serious injuries.
Watson was taken to San Francisco County Jail and booked on several charges including carjacking, murder, and vehicular manslaughter.
Rivere, who works at the corner auto parts store said he had returned from his break when moments later the crash occurred.
"If I was out here two minutes before that I would have gotten killed," he said. "I'm a little bit traumatized at the moment of what happened."
KTVU'S Brooks Jarosz contributed to this report.
5 people were injured when a truck collided with an SUV in San Francisco on May 23, 2023. Witnesses said the truck was fleeing police before it crashed.