Elderly driver arrested in horrific crash at San Francisco bus stop that killed couple and child

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The elderly pickup truck driver involved in a horrific crash at a San Francisco bus stop was arrested on vehicular manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of a couple and their toddler over the weekend, law enforcement sources told KPIX on Monday. .

Jail records indicate the suspected driver, identified as 78-year-old Mary Fong Lau, was arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, reckless driving with bodily injury, driving the wrong way on a highway divided and driving on a divided highway. unsafe speed.

Previously, friends of the victims of Saturday accident near West Portal Station He identified them as a family of four on an outing to celebrate the parents’ wedding anniversary. Police announced Sunday. A third accident victim, the mother, died from her injuries.. Only his baby, a boy, survived with critical injuries.

Following the accident, the driver was also taken to the hospital in stable condition. Some witnesses told police they believed he was suffering from some type of medical condition and crashed into the bus stop. The police have not confirmed this.

The accident occurred Saturday afternoon near the West Portal Muni station on Ulloa Street. Authorities said a car crashed into a bus stop, striking four people waiting for the bus.

Police at the scene of a fatal crash at a San Francisco bus stop near the West Portal station on March 16, 2024.

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Friends of the victims declined an on-camera interview, but shared some details about the victims. They said the father’s name was Diego, 40, and the mother, Matilde, 38. They did not want to provide the victims’ last names. His little one, a boy of approximately one and a half years, died at the scene.

The baby is about two months old. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital and police said the boy is suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Friends said the family lived in the Mission District. They said that Saturday was Diego and Matilde’s wedding anniversary and that they were going to take the bus to celebrate the anniversary with the kids at the San Francisco Zoo.

“How can a car run so fast and end up destroying an entire bus stop?” asked neighbor Johanna Dimayuga.

Witnesses said that the driver was traveling between 50 and 70 miles per hour in the wrong direction on Ulloa Street. They said there were no braking signs or skid marks on the road.

“It’s very heartbreaking. It’s very hard for us to stop seeing what we saw here yesterday,” Dimayuga said. “I’m still shaking just thinking about it.”

Dimayuga was among the many who came to pay their respects. He lives across the street from the bus stop and ran when he heard the crash on Saturday.

“I just can’t move on. I need closure on what I saw,” Dimayuga said. “I really can’t get over the carnage that happened here yesterday.”

Witnesses, neighbors and supporters left flowers, stuffed animals and toys at the bus stop. Road safety advocates left a white stroller and three pairs of shoes at the makeshift memorial, one for each victim who died in the accident.

They also left flowers at a second, smaller memorial about 60 feet from the bus stop. That’s where the boy landed and died. Witnesses said the impact of the crash sent the child, who was in a stroller, into the air.

“The stroller was clearly destroyed. Yeah, so it was still tied there,” Dimayuga said.

The father landed about 80 feet from the point of impact and died. Paramedics took the mother and baby to the hospital. Authorities said Sunday that the mother died from her injuries.

“You just want to hold your kids closer and really be mindful of every moment you have together,” said neighbor Michelle McCauley, who brought her husband and children to the memorial.

His friends said Diego was originally from Brazil and that his family was flying to San Francisco. They said Matilde was originally from Portugal and that her family would also be flying to the Bay Area.

Traffic safety advocates will hold a vigil at the crash site Monday at 5 p.m.

San Francisco police said they do not believe traffic engineering was a factor in this case.

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