SFPD: Car Was Reported Stolen After Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Caught on Video

The car used in a pedestrian hit-and-run caught on video was reported stolen by its registered owner the morning after the crash, according to the SFPD.

Screenshot from ColdFire/Youtube

As we reported this week, video was posted online after a crash that occurred at Second and Howard Streets in the early morning hours of April 18. The driver was seen making a left turn from a right-hand lane, hitting a second vehicle and striking a man in a crosswalk. The driver has not been found.

Although SFPD spokesperson Grace Gatpandan initially said the crash wasn’t reported, information on the case was uncovered after she was given the case number provided by the YouTube user who posted the video. Details from police were consistent with the comments posted by the YouTube user, who said he was driving the car with the camera and that he’d reported the crash to Northern Station the next day. The pedestrian has not reported the crash to the police.

​The Infiniti SUV was reported stolen by the owner at 10:52 a.m., the morning after the crash, said Gatpandan. The owner told police her car could have been stolen between 6 p.m. April 17 and 10 a.m. April 18, when she discovered it was missing. The crash was reported to police, apparently by the driver who took the video, at about 7:10 p.m.

“The pedestrian victim is vital for further investigation, as that victim will have to identify the driver of the suspect vehicle,” said Gatpandan. “The registered owner, especially in this case since the car was stolen, is not always the person driving the car. The case is being investigated by the Hit-and-Run Collision Investigations unit, but again there’s only so far the investigators can go without that victim ped information.”

  • davistrain

    Back in the old days, they used to hang horse thieves. How about some “necktie parties” for car thieves, especially those who injure other people?

  • SFnative74

    In the video, you can see flashing lights ahead on 2nd St. I wonder if the person noticed that only after they got to the intersection, got nervous and decided to bust a left instead of go straight and pass the emergency vehicle. Their movements were pretty herky jerky too…maybe drunk?

  • jonobate


  • Good thing we have all the good citizens of San Francisco to help SFPD out when they’re having trouble gathering information.

  • Easy

    I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but if you run someone over and manage to get away, it seems like ditching your vehicle and reporting it stolen is an easy way to escape the consequences. Perhaps one ought to have to swipe a drivers license to start a car and take responsibility for what’s done with it.

  • Golden Gate Shark

    then they claim they were carjacked

  • Richard Mlynarik

    If that were the case, it would be far from the first or last time it has happened.

  • murphstahoe
  • murphstahoe

    “Perhaps one ought to have to swipe a drivers license to start a car and take responsibility for what’s done with it.

    I was thinking about this the other night in terms of a massive fleet of self driving cars that you summon and which then take you to your destination. No stolen cars. No car insurance. No personal garages for cars. No curb cuts. No airbags. No….etc…

    I’m a died in the wool mass transit guy but I’m starting to come around. We must unlearn what we have learned.

    Then again, it would also mean a massive reduction in police force including the dismantling of the California Highway Patrol. So the Police Unions will never let it happen.

  • davistrain

    The key word is “summon”—how far does the car have to come to pick up an “intending passenger”? Americans are a notoriously impatient lot, and folks who are used to having their car ready at a moment’s notice at all hours are not going to be happy if the car takes 15 or more minutes to arrive at the person’s location. On the other hand, self-driving cars would presumably spell the end of car chases, which would be a blessing for everyone except the local TV stations on slow news nights.

  • murphstahoe

    Americans are a notoriously impatient lot, and folks who are used to having their car ready at a moment’s notice at all hours are not going to be happy if the car takes 15 or more minutes to arrive at the person’s location.

    Americans – or 50 year old Americans? 20 year olds are giving up owning a TELEVISION for crying out loud.

  • davistrain

    You may have a point–it may be that the “millennials” just take out their hand-held digital devices and do various tasks while waiting for the “Lyft” or “Uber” car to show up, and in the future, for the autonomous auto to arrive. Not sure how a TV compares to a car–one is an entertainment medium and the other is a means of transportation.

  • murphstahoe

    Today’s 60 year olds might move into a new house and still call AT&T to install a telephone line. Because that’s one of the things you put in a new house, right? Even though they have a cellphone, they still have a land line.

    My 6 year old has no idea what a landline telephone is. To them a phone is something you put in your pocket. It will never occur to them to have a landline connected. That’s the point about the TV – when I was in college I didn’t have a TV because I decided I could save some money so I sacrificed it. The current crop of college students doesn’t consider a TV a luxury – in many cases it would simply be a useless burden.

    In 10 years, he will be 16. If there is a self driving car fleet and I have the choice of …

    1) Giving him a debit card that will allow him to be picked up in a vehicle by himself or just with his friends, but he might have to pre-schedule the ride or wait a few minutes or…

    2) Buying him a car, teaching him how to drive and go through drivers ed, hoping that he survives the learning curve without killing himself, hoping that he doesn’t drive drunk, etc….

    I am picking option #2. Not even close.

    Now, when he’s 23 and gets out of college, he will have never driven a car, have no license, and no concept of the need for a personally owned car. At that point, will he personally comprehend switching from the current existence to the other – and want to spend money to buy a car and go through the process of qualifying to drive one? And use up potential living space to store it?

    It’s not about getting older people to give up their cars. It’s about what the next generation will choose.

  • davistrain

    Here’s a question: Just how far out in the boonies will the self-driving car system work? We’ll still need farmers, miners and lumberjacks, although perhaps by then we’ll have robots doing all the grunt work. I guess as us old folks die off, resistance to being part of the Borg will disappear. People of “my generation” and even my daughters’ age group grew up in an America where it was assumed that part of growing up was owning a car. My first wife (now deceased) thought that anyone who didn’t drive a car had “something wrong with them”. Looking into the future, one can envision a jealous spouse hiring a private eye who is also a hacker to see where the autonomous car takes the other party, and maybe even divert the car away from an adulterous tryst. Regarding the world where your son will live, perhaps we’ll get back to taking trains to the National Parks and other scenic and historic places. Imagine Yosemite without the traffic jams during the busy season.

  • murphstahoe

    Question: what percentage of the US population are miners, farmers, and lumberjacks? Hint: my cousin-in-law farms 10,000 acres pretty much by himself. And a self driving plow or combine is an easier problem than a car. 95% adoption is effectively 100%.

    As for your private eye scenario? I think you’ve just made my point about how the older generations sometimes simply can’t see where things are headed. That cell phone in your pocket? You don’t think that’s tracked? My wife knows where my phone is – and thus probably where I am – all the time. I’m not belittling you – I struggle mightily to see the same changes. I am just now figuring out that the $75 I send to Directv every month gives me less than 20-30 bucks of netflix/iTunes/hulu streaming. I’ll miss some live sports but the young kids tell me “save the money and go to some actual games”

    I would prefer Yosemite without the traffic – more importantly knowing this future I hope we don’t foolishly build more parking lots or pave more roadways there that will then be unused in a generation.