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Bicyclist Hospitalized, 5 Others Hurt When Fleeing Suspect Crashes Stolen Van In San Francisco’s Tenderloin

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San Francisco police arrested Anthony Wisner after he allegedly crashed a stolen van in the Tenderloin neighborhood injuring six people. (Source: SFPD)

Anthony Wisner (San Francisco Police Dept.)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A bicyclist remained in the hospital with life-threatening injuries Tuesday after he and five other people were hurt when a fleeing suspect crashed a stolen van in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Monday night, a police spokesman said.

Anthony Wisner, 25, was booked on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, felony hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license, altering or forging license plates, reckless driving, a pedestrian right-of-way violation, running a red light and six counts of speeding, police said.

Wisner allegedly fled in the stolen van when police attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation at Larkin and Post streets at 10:18 p.m., police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The driver fled and ran a red light before colliding with a taxi three blocks away near Post and Jones streets, Esparza said.

The impact of the collision sent the vehicles onto the sidewalk, injuring two men nearby, a bicyclist and a pedestrian.

The bicyclist, a 29-year-old man, suffered a life-threatening head injury, Esparza said. The 60-year-old pedestrian’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Both men were taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment. The taxi driver and an occupant in the cab were also taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Esparza said.

A 38-year-old woman who was a passenger in the stolen van was trapped after the crash. She was extricated and also taken to the hospital, Esparza said.

The woman is cooperating with the investigation and is not facing criminal charges, police said.

Wisner allegedly ran from the crash scene, but was taken into custody after boarding a westbound San Francisco Municipal Railway 38-Geary bus. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries he suffered in the crash and was later booked into jail, police said.

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