Another German Tourist Killed in San Francisco

Sunday, Aug 15, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM PDT
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Another German Tourist Killed in San Francisco

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 A bicyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run accident Friday night in San Francisco has been identified as 21-year-old Nils Linke, who was a  tourist from Germany, according to the San Francisco medical examiner's  office.

Linke was riding southbound on Masonic Avenue near Turk Street at  about 10:40 p.m. Friday when a 1989 Mercedes-Benz also going southbound on  Masonic struck and killed him, police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said.

The car left the scene, but witnesses provided police with a  description of the vehicle. Officers located the car a short time later about  two blocks away on Tamalpais Terrace near Turk Street, Chan said.

The suspect, a 38-year-old man, was arrested and booked for  vehicular manslaughter, Chan said. Police haven't yet released the suspect's  name.

It's the second time in a week that a tourist visiting from Germany has been killed in San Francisco. Last weekend,  50-year-old Mechtild Schroeer of Minden, Germany, was fatally shot and killed while walking in the 400 block of Mason Street in the city's  theater district.
     
San Francisco police say Schrooer apparently was an innocent  victim who got caught in the crossfire of a shootout between two groups of  people outside a private party in that block.

The shooting is still under investigation. An 18-year-old San  Francisco man was arrested after the shooting but prosecutors said there is  not enough evidence to charge him.

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