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Prominent SF Attorney Killed In Sonoma County Hit & Run

FORESTVILLE (CBS SF) – A jogger from San Francisco was killed in a hit-and-run Sunday evening in Forestville.

Friends identified the victim to CBS 5 as San Francisco Attorney Donald Casper.

The 63-year-old was apparently jogging eastbound along the south edge of River Road just west of Wilshire Drive when he was hit by a white pickup truck with an extended cab around 7 p.m., CHP officers said.

Witnesses said the driver of the truck then slowed down before fleeing eastbound on River Road.

When emergency crews arrived, Casper was lying in the road and was unresponsive, according to the CHP. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fourth-generation San Franciscan lived in North Beach, and was co-owner of the firm Jacobs Spotswood & Casper LLP. He was serving as a member of the San Francisco Civil Service Commission after being appointed by Mayor Willie Brown in 2000.

Investigators said it is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the fatal collision.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Jadǝ Purǝlica

    I don’t like irresponsible people.

  • RF

    I would’ve figured this to be a west bound accident because driving west on River Road late in the day can be very dangerous since you are driving right into the sun. That would still be no excuse for fleeing the scene. So sad for the jogger and yet another Sonoma County driver giving our residents a bad name. I hope they find and prosecute this lowlife, (S)he has no business driving the roads.

  • Tina

    Don was our longtime family friend. Grew up with him in the North Beach Area in SF. His mom Dorothy was my mom’s best friend. Saturday night he was at 5:00 mass at St. Peter and Paul’s church, then was enjoying the sites of where he was born and raised. This is a tradgity for all of us from this italian community. How can this person leave him on the road just to die. Perhaps if he would have stopped, he could have called 911 and gotten help. This personhad better turn himself in. We are just devastated. There are no other words.

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  • Tom from St. Louis

    I met Don 45 years ago when we were freshmen at Georgetown University. Even then he waa a passionate champion for the City by the Bay he knew so well and loved so dearly. My subsequent visits to San Franciso have been enriched by seeing the city through the prism of Don’s wisdom, insights and loyalty. San Francisco was fortunate to have a native son like Don Casper just as I am one of thousands who were fortunate to count Don as a friend. I join the legions of San Franciscans I’ve never met in mourning Don’s death from afar.

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