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Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run of Bicyclist and Young Son on Valencia Street
Posted By Bryan Goebel On August 6, 2009 @ 1:16 pm In Bicycle Safety,SFBC,SFPD,Valencia Street | 29 Comments
San Francisco police have confirmed to Streetsblog that a 16-year-old Santa Rosa girl has been arrested in the hit-and-run crash that left a bicyclist and his young son injured on Valencia Street early last month. SFPD Lt. Douglas Groshong said he could not release any more details but believes there is strong evidence to prosecute the case. The girl was booked into juvenile hall this morning on a felony hit-and-run charge.
Andrew Bennett and his 4-year-old son Robby were thrown from their bike July 1st when a vehicle allegedly driven by the girl was traveling westbound on 18th Street and Valencia and ran a red light. Bennett said he heard from some witnesses that the girl was talking on a cell phone.
The 42-year-old suffered a broken back, deep bone bruises on his leg, and his son, whose helmet was cracked in half, received some "pretty nasty abrasions" but wasn't seriously hurt.
Streetsblog San Francisco's initial post  on the crash quickly became our most-read story and readers from around the world left comments  expressing outrage and wishing Bennett a speedy recovery. Other media  and bloggers  followed with stories, and with some political pressure from City Hall and the SFBC, the SFPD made the case a priority and issued a rare press release  asking for help, the first time the SFPD has issued a press release on a crash involving a bicyclist  in recent memory.
We'll be posting a more detailed story soon.
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URLs in this post:
 initial post: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/07/02/bicyclist-young-son-injured-in-hit-and-run-crash-on-valencia-street/
 left comments: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/07/02/bicyclist-young-son-injured-in-hit-and-run-crash-on-valencia-street/#comment-10691
 media: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/Hit-and-run-driver-slams-into-man-young-son-on-bike-49773172.html
 bloggers: http://holierthanyou.blogspot.com/2009/07/andrew-bennett.html
 issued a rare press release: http://www.sfgov.org/site/police_index.asp?id=107497
 on a crash involving a bicyclist: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/07/09/sfpd-issues-rare-press-release-on-hit-and-run-crash-of-bicyclist-young-son/
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