SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police in San Francisco are searching for a suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash along the Embarcadero involving a pedicab that left five people — including two children — with injuries, according to authorities.
The collision happened near Pier 29 on the Embarcadero at about 4:15 p.m., authorities said. According to the San Francisco Fire Department, five people sustained serious injuries. Two of those injured were children, one a five-year-old, the other an eight-year-old.READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Saturday Evening Shooting at Oakland's Lake Merritt
All five victims were transported to an area hospital.
The San Francisco Fire Department’s public information Twitter account posted about the collision shortly after 5 p.m.
Video shot by a KPIX 5 cameraman showed a T-Mobile bike taxi that had its left wheel bent underneath the carriage that holds the passengers.READ MORE: UPDATE: PG&E Restores Power To More Than 50,000 East Bay Customers
Police later clarified that the pedicab was carrying a family of four. The pedicab operator sustained life-threatening injuries, according to SFPD spokesperson Officer Grace Gatpandan. The four family members including the two children ages five and eight sustained non-life threatening injuries, she said.
KPIX 5 later learned that the family was visiting from Vancouver, British Colombia.
A friend of the pedicab operator who identified himself as Paul said that the accident has shaken the community of pedicab drivers who work the Embarcadero.
“He’s improving, but non-responsive,” said Paul. “Still in a coma. Fractured skull, bleeding in the brain. It’s not pretty.”
Police are asking for help locating the car that struck the pedi-cab. The driver of the car drove away after the collision and was last
seen heading toward the Bay Bridge.
“The vehicle kept going toward the Bay Bridge. It’s described as a light-colored sedan, possibly tan or possibly gold. It’s unclear what color it is. But this is a hit-and-run investigation,: said Gatpandan.MORE NEWS: Fire at San Francisco Tenderloin Apartments Injures 15; Dozens Saved by Occupants' Heroism
Authorities reopened the Embarcadero at about 9:30 p.m., a little over five hours after the accident happened.