6 Injured When Stolen Van Jumps Curb in San Francisco

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    Six people were injured - two seriously - when a stolen van jumps a curb in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Stephanie Chuang reports. (Published Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014)

    San Francisco police arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with a stolen van that evaded police, jumped a curb in the Tenderloin and injured six bystanders late Monday night.

    Anthony Wiser was booked on charges of stealing a vehicle, running a red light, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, forging license plates and six counts of felony hit and run. A 38-year--old woman he was with was detained, but not arrested after police said she cooperated with the investigation.

    A bicyclist and a pedestrian were the most severely injured when the van rode up onto the sidewalk at Jones and Post streets about 10:18 p.m. Both victims were men, one is 29 and another is 60, according to the San Francisco police log. One suffered from head trauma and his condition is considered life threatening.

    According to police spokesman Albie Esparza, officers tried to pull the van over on some type of traffic violation, but the driver wouldn't pull over.

    Two blocks later, the van ran a red light, police said, and slammed into a taxi and and the two pedestrians on the street.  The van driver and passenger fled the scene on foot and officers chased them. They were eventually arrested. Police determined the van had been stolen.

    The taxi driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries, and the two suspects also sustained minor injuries.