An alleged drunk driver traveling more than double the speed limit on southbound Masonic Avenue at Turk Street struck and killed 61-year-old James Hudson of San Francisco in the crosswalk early this morning. The driver then continued his destructive path for another 13 blocks, according to police, damaging four parked cars along the way before crashing into a planter in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Medical Center on Shrader Street.
“There were no headlights and no front grill,” St. Mary’s nurse Jeamelia Thomas told KTVU. She had just arrived at the hospital in her car, and narrowly avoided getting hit. “He was speeding. I tried to dodge him because he was coming head on (at me). He actually ran into the cement pots in front of the hospital.”
Thomas said the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Jose Jimenez of San Francisco, was “very drunk” and got out of the car after the crash, with his hands up, and was quickly arrested by officers who had been chasing him. Jimenez was treated for minor injuries and a police spokesperson said he was expected to be charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI.
“As a result of him being involved in different accidents it is going to be a lengthy investigation,” said SFPD Lt. Troy Dangerfield of the public affairs division. He said depending on the results of the investigation, Jimenez could be facing more charges.