A woman who was fatally struck by a San Francisco Recreation and Park maintenance truck at a park in the city’s Bernal Heights neighborhood on Thursday has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr. Svanemyr, a Daly City resident, was struck by the Rec and Park vehicle shortly after 2:20 p.m. in a grassy area on the south end of Holly Park.
She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said. Svanemyr was in the park with her young child, who was not injured, according to police. The pickup truck was driven by a Rec and Park employee who fled but was found with the vehicle shortly afterward and was detained, police said. The employee’s name was not immediately being released by police.
Rec and Park spokeswoman Sarah Ballard said the employee has been with the department since 2006. Rec and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg said in a statement, “On behalf of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
” Neighbors said on Thursday that Rec and Park vehicles often drive dangerously on grassy areas of Holly Park. Ginsburg said his department “is cooperating fully with the San Francisco Police Department as they investigate this accident.”
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