DA Charges Wrong Man in Giants Jersey Hit-and-Run

They arrested the wrong man in a Giants jersey.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, May 29, 2012  |  Updated 2:49 PM PDT
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DA Charges Wrong Man in Giants Jersey Hit-and-Run

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The man wanted by police was wearing Giants orange.

A man in a San Francisco Giants jersey is accused of a bicycle-bound hit-and-run accident. So police hauled in a man in a Giants jersey -- but the wrong man.

A jury last week acquitted Matthew Grillone of charges in the Sept. 14, 2011 incident, according to SF Weekly.

Grillone was arrested "minutes" after a bicyclist in an orange Giants jersey, sunglasses, and a helmet struck an elderly pedestrian at Market and Fourth streets, the newspaper reported.

Grillone was wearing a jersey, but no sunglasses or helmet. He was nonetheless charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and brought to trial -- where a jury acquitted him after deliberating for "less than one day," the newspaper reported.

The victim was struck in the crosswalk at Market and Fourth streets after a cyclist blew a red light, the newspaper reported.

Grillone, 35, had a bulky backpack on when he was arrested, but witnesses could not say if the perpetrator was wearing a backpack. No sign of the helmet or sunglasses was found, either, according to reports.

Neither the victim nor the witnesses could identify Grillone as the cyclist who hit the woman, the Public Defender's Office said.

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