Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Two killed in Western-Addition car crash

Update from SFgate:

(12-11) 13:42 PST SAN FRANCISCO --

Two San Francisco men were arrested today after they allegedly fled from police in a stolen car, ran a red light and slammed into another vehicle, killing its two occupants, authorities said.

The two suspects, both 22 years old, were being treated at San Francisco General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries that they suffered in the 4 a.m. crash, police said.

Police Capt. John Ehrlich said the stolen car, a Saturn, was driving east on Page at Broderick Street when officers in a cruiser checked its license plate and realized it was stolen. The officers turned on their lights and tried to pull over the Saturn, which accelerated down the hill and through a red light at Divisadero and broad-sided a Chevrolet Cavalier, Ehrlich said.

The Cavalier was pushed into a pole on the southeast side of the intersection, killing one of its occupants almost immediately. The other victim was extricated by firefighters in 13 minutes and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge. The medical examiner's office has not yet identified the victims.

The force of the collision threw the Saturn through the intersection and into atree on Page Street east of Divisadero.

The man allegedly driving the Saturn, Richard Gosnell, is being held on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run, evading and causing death, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, running a red light and speeding, said police Sgt. Neville Gittens. His passenger, Joshua Wilson, is being held on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property, Gittens said.

The intersection reopened about 9:15 a.m.

5 comments:

fauxstor said...

Murder not likely:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2005/02/new_caseclassro.html

Rah said...

Would the circumstances be different, seeing as the suspects were in a stolen car?


Also, I'm curious then as to the reasoning behind charging the person who killed john Avery (homicide #33). He had robbed a store, and then evaded police officers, and sped through residential streets before running into Avery's truck, killing him. The suspect was charged with murder...

2 days later, Edgar Garcia Torres was killed when a previously convicted felon ran from police during a traffic stop, striking Torres' car...this was ruled manslaughter.

They seem like pretty similar crimes to me, so why the different charges?

Rah said...

You were right, the suspects are charged with manslaughter. I'm still confused about why John Avery's death was considered a murder...

Anonymous said...

You can't spell manslaughter without laughter...

Anonymous said...

Then why was the guy who sped through a residential neighborhood in East Oakland and ran a stop sign before hitting a mustang and killing two of the occupants charged with two counts of murder?