Three people recently died in a fiery crash with a taxi in San Francisco. The collision involved a car that was driving erratically before crashing into the taxi and exploding into flames.
Around 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, police saw a white Chevy Sedan doing donuts in the street near 5th and Bryant in San Francisco. Police then attempted to pull the vehicle over, but it sped away through several red lights. The officer eventually stopped the pursuit and turned off his lights because the chase became too dangerous, but the car continued speeding away. Police reportedly knew there were typically a number of pedestrians in the area at that time, and believed that a police pursuit could endanger lives. Police last saw the car heading westbound on Brannan before it crashed.
An eyewitness reported three cars racing down the street, including the white car, a blue Corvette, and a black Charger. He says the cars were travelling around 80 miles per hour, followed by five or six police cars. He then observed that the white car had crashed into a taxi.
Upon impact, the white car burst into flames. One of the passengers in the white car was ejected from the vehicle. The driver of the taxi was taken to the hospital with injuries. The crash occurred not far from people who were celebrating the Super Bowl, set to take place the following day.
San Francisco first responders struggled to put the fire out. After the fire was extinguished, two bodies were found inside. The individual ejected from the vehicle also died. No one else, other than the taxi driver, was injured or killed as a result of the crash. It’s reported that the individuals in the white car were friends who had spent the evening at NFL Experience and were said to be heading home.
The San Francisco Police Department has spent roughly $1.5 million to help defend the city from threats related to the Super Bowl. According to officials, various departments across the city participated in an effort to keep the city safe during the festivities. Unfortunately, even coordinated police efforts cannot keep all of the city’s streets safe.
There will always be dangerous drivers out there who do not deserve the privilege of sharing the streets with others. If you have been involved in an accident in the San Francisco area, you have a legal right to compensation for your damages. You may have suffered broken bones, cuts and bruises, soft tissue injuries, internal injuries, burns, paralysis, and more. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Your family members may also be entitled to compensation after your accident. In many cases, your damages will be paid by an insurance company that will fight hard to ensure that you do not receive the fair compensation to which you are entitled.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty and Seth I. Rosenberg believe that drivers who fail to keep others safe by following the rules of the road should be held responsible for damages caused. Call the San Francisco automobile accident attorneys at Liberty Law at 415-896-1000 or 510-645-1000. We work with clients throughout the Oakland-San Francisco area, including Tracy, Hayward, Fairfield, Berkeley, Sacramento, San Jose, and the surrounding areas. You pay us nothing in legal fees until we obtain a recovery for you. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.