SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Eight young people suffered minor to major injuries Monday morning when a van allegedly ran a red light in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood and slammed broadside into an vehicle full of passengers who weren’t wearing seatbelts, according to police.

Police suspect that the drivers of both vehicles were under the influence behind the wheel.

The accident happened at approximately 12:36 a.m. at the intersection of 10th and Howard. A GMC van traveling at what one witness said was 80 mph is believed to have run a red light and T-boned a Dodge Charger with 6 young adults inside.

“The Dodge Charger had 2 males in the front seat, 4 females in the back, all un-seatbelted,” explained SFPD Sgt. Gene Yoshi. “And it got hit broadside, spun around and the rear went into the church on the southwest corner.”

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

One of the girls in the back was apparently sitting on the lap of another, and was literally tossed around during the crash. At least one passenger was left paralyzed from the neck down, according to police.

The van’s 20-year-old driver was said to be unlicensed, with no identification and unconfirmed citizenship. He suffered cuts to his face and is being charged with 7 counts of felony DUI.

Inside the van, police found a large quantity of cocaine, and they suspect the van’s driver may have been involved in a hit-and-run in the Northern District just 7 minutes earlier.

“Because the van sustained so much damage in the collision at 10th and Howard, we can’t really trace it back to the incident in the Northern District,” lamented Yoshi.

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Comments (14)
  1. Ed Callender says:

    Illegals in San Francisco’s sanctuary protection drink alcohol ??????

    1. NutsandBolts says:

      and smuggle cocaine while doing 80MPH in the city

  2. Michael Campbell says:

    “unconfirmed citizenship”; Meaning since this is in S.F., he will be released with no charges if he is in fact illegal.

  3. myenzie says:

    Last time I looked a Dodge Charger was not an SUV. Does anyone ever proof read news articles — much less edit them — anymore? Even the author?

    1. OldSchoolYou says:

      The black car on the sidewalk is the Charger and there is a white van in the street. There is no SUV, nor is one mentioned anywhere in the article. Does anyone actually read the articles before they comment on the lack of proofreading?

  4. Arthur Bailey says:

    send him back to whatever country he comes from or better yet send him to real prison and get a reality check.

    1. mike says:

      no, execute him and send his body back to wherever it came from

  5. M2 says:

    Another tragedy caused by ultra-liberal SF politics. San Francisco is a sanctuary for criminal aliens!

    1. LC says:

      Thanks David Campos!

    2. OldSchoolYou says:

      So true. If it wasn’t for those illegals (which I am actually against), we’d all be “safe” to drunk drive with 5 of our friends unseatbelted in the car. I’m being sarcastic of course, but I’d say the bigger issue is drunk-driving by anyone.

  6. Pedro says:

    Deport him to Afghanistan and give him a rifle!

  7. OldSchoolYou says:

    why would the DEA do that? paranoid much? get off the crank and seek help

  8. Laura says:

    Check this out..all reports indicated that, the Van was running red light, there is a witness that, the Van was running, however they haven’t ask other people if the dodge crossed the red light at the same time. The Dodge driver was under the influence which he is responable for all passager on his car.. also all passager on the dodge weren’t seat bets,.THE DRIVER and all teenager under the influence. They should be arrested with the driver and be taken to a federal prission for been stupit drunk all should be taken to jail the teenager in the car with out seat belt and driving who were also under the influence alcohol and who knows what, and just because there is a alien should be also deported.