San Francisco police today released the names of two men arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter for separate collisions on New Year’s Eve that killed a 6-year-old girl and an 86-year-old man. Syed Muzzafar, 57, of Union City, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk for striking 6-year-old Sophia Liu at about 8 p.m. Tuesday at Polk and Ellis streets in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
Sophia, a woman and another child were in a crosswalk when Muzzafar allegedly turned right and struck them, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said. Sophia succumbed to her injuries at San Francisco General Hospital while the woman suffered life-threatening injuries and the other child is expected to survive, police said.
Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes the Tenderloin, said the other two victims were Sophia’s mother and brother and that the motorist identified himself as a driver with the transportation company Uber. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Fahey said Muzzafar was booked into custody early Wednesday morning and was released after posting bail at about 11 p.m.
Earlier Tuesday, 86-year-old Zhen Guang Ng was struck at about 3:30 p.m. at Naples and Rolph streets in the city’s Crocker-Amazon neighborhood. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Giampaolo Boschetti, a 69-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested following the collision and was booked into custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to stop at a stop sign, police said. Fahey said Boschetti was released early Wednesday morning after also posting bail.
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