Sunday, April 15, 2007

Woman dead, man arrested in San Francisco suspected DUI crash in the Sunset

Woman dead, man arrested in suspected DUI crash in the Sunset

A San Francisco woman is dead and a man has been arrested after what police are calling a drunken driving crash in the Sunset District early today.

The solo vehicle crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. as a black Honda was turning onto eastbound Lincoln Way from southbound Great Highway and crashed into the center divide on Lincoln Way, said police Sgt. Steve Mannina.

A female passenger, identified by the Medical Examiner's office as Janice Kim, 28, was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Another passenger, a 29-year-old man from San Francisco, was also taken to the hospital with injuries, Mannina said. He did not know the extent of the man's injuries or his current condition.

The driver, whose name is not being released, was also taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated for injuries and released. Police arrested him on charges of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Mannina said.

Mannina said the driver was wearing his seatbelt, but police are unsure whether the two passengers, both of whom were in the backseat, were belted in.

Investigators are also unsure how fast the car was going when it crashed, he said.

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