A tragic New Year’s Day accident leaves two people dead and a third in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a man fleeing the scene of a shooting hit another vehcile and sent it flying into a building. The incident began near the Valencia Gardens housing complex at 14th and Guerrero streets at around 7:45am Tuesday morning. Police responded to a call reporting gunfire in the area and once they arrive on the scene they began to pursue a suspect in a vechile. The suspect fled the scene heading east on 21st Street when they collided with another car driving north on South Van Ness Avenue. The force of the collision sent the second vehicle careening into Muzio’s Wines and Liquor store at the northeast corner of the intersection.
The crash killed 26-year old Francisco Gutierrez, a pedestrian entering the liquor store, and an unidentified female passenger of the second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to San Francisco General with life-threatening injuries. The suspect of the shooting at Valencia Gardens was arrested and transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The unidentified person will face charges in connection with the deaths.