SF City Worker Charged in Fatal Hit and Run Is Fired

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    At Left: Thomas Burnoski. Right: Christy Svanemyr

    A San Francisco city gardener who was charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run after fatally driving over a woman has been fired from his job.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports the 58-year-old Thomas Burnoski, who was an employee at the Recreation and Park Department for seven years, received a notice of termination Thursday.

    A park department spokeswoman confirmed the termination.

    Burnoski is charged with running over 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr on Sept. 5 as she relaxed in the grass with her dog and her baby at Holly Park.

    Burnoski says he veered onto the lawn from a paved pedestrian path to avoid an unleashed dog. After hitting the woman, he drove to a work meeting.

    His lawyer, Robert Waggener, says he didn't realize he had hit a person and that the case was a tragic accident.