Watch out! The man who allegedly struck (in this order) the Parc 55 hotel, a Muni bus, and two pedestrians before fleeing to his Hayward home is out on bail, and has yet to be arraigned.
The wild ride of Edwin Delatorre, a 26-year-old Hayward man, began at around 8:30 on Sunday night, when he allegedly drove his red Ford Mustang into the Parc 55 hotel at Eddy and Mason streets. Apparently, Mustangs are pretty solid vehicles, because despite the collision with a building, the Mustang remained drivable enough to then slam into a nearby Muni bus.
According to San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy, Delatorre then struck a pedestrian at Fifth and Market Streets. After that, they say, he ran a red light and struck another pedestrian at Kearny and Market streets.
Shyy says that Delatorre then sped up Kearny to Pine, where he dumped his car and fled on foot. Somehow, he managed to get back home to Hayward, where investigators found him Monday morning.
Delatorre's alleged rampage left three folks injured, officials say. 1) According to SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose, a passenger of the Muni bus "complained of minor pain" following the collision. 2) The pedestrian injured at Kearney and Market has been treated and released from SF General Hospital. And, most seriously, 3) the pedestrian struck at Fifth and Market suffered what police describe as "life-threatening injuries," and remains in SF General at publication time.
Meanwhile, Delatorre was released Monday on $115,000 bail, senior sheriff’s Deputy Enrique Luquin says. According to District Attorney’s office spokesperson Alex Bastian, Delatorre will be arraigned "later this week" on four felony charges of hit-and-run, three misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and one felony count of reckless driving causing bodily injury.
An effort by SFist to obtain Delatorre's booking photo by publication time was unsuccessful, as an SFPD spokesperson said that investigators might require it to remain under wraps for witness identification purposes.
Incidentally, the same area where Delatorre allegedly began his crazy spree was home to another hit-and-run/car dumping Tuesday night. At publication time, the driver in that collision had yet to be apprehended.