Young Phillies Fan Severely Hurt In Hit & Run After Giants Game

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A 9-year-old boy who had just attended the baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park Thursday night was hit in a downtown San Francisco intersection by a truck which then drove away.

Ryan White, in town with his family from Philadelphia, was walking in a crosswalk with a relative when he was hit by a white pick-up truck at Mission and New Montgomery streets around 10:30 p.m., said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

The truck had turned left onto Mission Street after driving north on New Montgomery Street, which is a one-way street with traffic only in the southbound direction, police said. Witnesses said the truck hit several other cars on Mission Street as it sped away.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Hit & run suspect. San Francisco, AT&T Park, Hayward, Phillies, Giants

Police in Hayward arrest a man suspected in the hit & run crash which severely injured a 9-year-old boy in San Francisco, August 4, 2011. (CBS)

Hayward police stopped a white Toyota pickup truck, similar to the truck described in a hit-and-run accident 10:30 p.m.  The driver, later identified as Andrew Vargas, 21, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

San Francisco police transported numerous witnesses to Hayward where they viewed and identified the truck as the one involved in the hit-and-run.

Witnesses brought to the scene  San Francisco police identified him and his truck as those involved in the hit-and-run, and a preliminary screening indicated that his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, Dangerfield said.

Vargas has been turned over to San Francisco police, and his truck was impounded as evidence.

Hooten, an uncle who lives in Granite Bay north of Sacramento, said the family outing to AT&T Park for the first game of the Giants series against the Phillies was supposed to be the highlight of the trip for White and his 11-year-old brother, both huge fans of their hometown team.

“They were looking forward to it. They had their Phillies hats that they were all the time, and they were talking about the game,” he said.

The boys and their parents were at the game with an aunt and a cousin.

Hooten said the text messages he’s been getting all night indicate his nephew suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries.

Doctors at San Francisco General are still evaluating his condition.

A 58-year-old woman from Granite Bay also suffered a foot injury in the crash but the injury is not considered life-threatening, police said.

Witnesses were encouraged to call the Police Department at (415) 553-0123 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the beginning of the text message.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Kathleen Chung-Lee

    If they caught the guy, why is there a tip line?

  • calm in cents

    Maybe they should start breathalizing drivers heading out of the parking lot. I’ve been there and after the game about 40% of the drivers pound another 2 or 3 beers before getting back in their cars. When I take the ferry to the game from Marin, Twin Cities Police is almost always waiting looking to pick out the drunk drivers.

  • lil old lady

    I hope the boy will be ok. He’s in a very good hospital. These damn drunks will never learn not to drive when bombed.

  • A.Lynn

    Poor thing. He was so excited to come here to the Bay and watch his team play : ( Gosh, I just want to apologize for this pathetic individual from here that decided to get in the car and drive while he was drunk and cause pain to so many lives. I pray he pulls through and can make a full recovery. Drinking and driving is such a horrible thing…ruins so many lives. Just cab it….the $50 extra bucks is worth all the lives may ruin, including your own. A.lynn from SF

  • M.Satin

    “They were looking forward to it. They had their Phillies hats that they were all the time, and they were talking about the game,” he said.

    Who proof reads these before published. Wear not were.

    Poor kid, hope he’s ok.

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