Woman who hit boys with SUV in Marina suspected of DUI

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and striking two 12-year-old boys in a crosswalk in San Francisco's Marina District Wednesday morning, a police spokesman said.

San Francisco resident Kirsten Andereck was arrested on suspicion of DUI after she struck two boys at about 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Buchanan and Bay streets, according to San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza.

The boys suffered life-threatening injuries including broken bones and head trauma and were being treated at San Francisco General, but are expected to survive, Esparza said.

According to SFPD Capt. Greg McEachern, the boys were thrown 40 feet in the air from one crosswalk to another. Their shoes were knocked off their feet, and their backpacks and sports drink were tossed into the air.

Andereck was driving a white Volkswagen Tiguan SUV and stayed at the scene of the collision.

The roadway was shut down during the investigation and reopened at about 11:30 a.m., police said.

Neighbors say cars speed down this street often and they've asked for more patrols or a stop sign.

Andereck attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 2001, according to yearbook records, and in 2004, when Andereck was 19 years old, she was a debutante at a Cotillion event hosted by the Cotillion Club of San Francisco.