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Woman Arrested In Fatal San Francisco Pacific Heights Crash

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A woman has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter for allegedly causing a crash that killed a 16-year-old boy in San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood on Friday morning, police said Monday.

Jennie Zhu, 58, was arrested and booked on the manslaughter charge and two traffic infractions related to the crash, which happened at about 6:55 a.m. Friday at Pine and Gough streets, according to police.

Zhu was released Saturday after posting $300,200 bail, sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Fahey said.

Zhu allegedly drove recklessly and went through multiple stoplights before she rear-ended a minivan occupied by a mother and her teenage son and daughter, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The teen killed has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as Kevin San, a student at Lincoln High School. His mother and sister were critically injured in the crash.

Lincoln faculty and students were reeling from news of San’s death Monday, the first time everyone would be on campus since Friday’s crash.

Over the weekend, several young people gathered around a growing memorial, at the corner of Pine and Gough streets.

“He always knew how to cheer everybody up when they were sad,” one young girl reflected on her classmate. “It’s going to be a really sad week.”

A letter posted on the school’s website advised that wellness staff would be made available for the entire week, for any student who needed counseling services.

Lincoln High principal Barnaby Payne said the main floor display case will be devoted to honoring San this week, and there will also be a sympathy poster set up to allow students to share thoughts and well wishes for his family.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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