Hit-and-Run Driver Virgil Woods, 57, Kills Pedestrian in San Francisco Crash
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 21, 2021) – Authorities detained Virgil Woods after a fatal hit-and-run crash in San Francisco.
Police identified the 57-year-old San Francisco man as the suspect who killed a pedestrian and critically injured another on Tuesday evening.
The incident happened when Virgil Woods was driving a Chevy Avalanche more than 50 mph south on Polk Street, approaching Hayes Street.
At the same time, Lovisa Svallingson and a man were walking at the intersection of Polk and Hayes Streets. Police said Virgil Woods then ran a red light.
Lovisa Svallingson, 29; and Man, 28, Hit by Car
Lovisa Svallingson, 29, died at the scene. Officers reported the accident on May 18 at around 7 p.m. near the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in the Civic Center area.
The other victim, a 28-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision. Paramedics rushed him to the Zuckerberg-San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition.
Meanwhile, police affirmed that Woods abandoned his car and fled on foot. He discarded pieces of clothing to hide and filed a false police report.
Officials found him with several glass pipes used to ingest narcotics. They arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, two counts of felony hit-and-run, multiple counts of reckless driving.
Authorities also charged him with failure to stop at a red light, filing a false police report, destruction of evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They soon held him in the San Francisco County Jail. The San Francisco hit-and-run crash is still under investigation.
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