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San Francisco Rec & Park Worker Charged In Fatal Hit & Run Fired

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Thomas Burnoski, a San Francisco City Employee, is accused of hit-and-run in the death of Christine Svanemyr at Holly Park on September 5, 2013. (San Francisco Police Department)

Thomas Burnoski, a San Francisco City Employee, is accused of hit-and-run in the death of Christine Svanemyr at Holly Park on September 5, 2013. (San Francisco Police Department)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A San Francisco city gardener who was charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run after fatally driving over a woman relaxing at a park has been fired from his job.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported the 58-year-old Thomas Burnoski, who was an employee at the Recreation and Park Department for seven years, received a notice of termination Thursday. A park department spokeswoman confirmed the termination.

Burnoski is charged with running over 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr on Sept. 5 as she relaxed in the grass with her dog and her baby at Holly Park.

Burnoski said he veered onto the lawn from a paved pedestrian path to avoid an unleashed dog. After hitting the woman, he drove to a work meeting.

His lawyer, Robert Waggener, said he didn’t realize he had hit a person and that the case was a tragic accident.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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