SF City Worker Could Be Charged For Killing Mother In Park

Charges possible for Recreation and Parks Department worker in fatal accident.

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    Christine Svanemyr, 35, died Sept. 5 after she was run over by a vehicle in a San Francisco park.

    Charges could be filed by the end of the month over the death of a mother who was allegedly run over by a city vehicle in a San Francisco park, according to reports.

    On Sept. 5, a Recreation and Park Department vehicle allegedly struck and killed Christine Svanemyr, 35, of Daly City, at Holly Park in Bernal Heights

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    Svanemyr's dog and baby, who were with her at the time, were unharmed. The driver, Thomas Burnoski, drove away from the scene, and was booked on felony hit-and-run charges a while later.

    He is currently out on bail.

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    A San Francisco city worker accused of fatally running over a woman and leaving the scene was released from jail Friday after posting bail. Jean Elle reports.

    Prosecutors have three years to file charges. Police are still awaiting results of a toxicology test that would determine if Burnoksi was sober at the time.

    He has worked for the Recreation and Park Department since 2006, and has a clean criminal record aside from a 2012 citation for talking on a cell phone while driving, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Burnoski may have violated city rules on driving in parks. City workers are prohibited from driving on pedestrian paths or on grass -- where Svanemyr was lying -- without a "legitimate reason," and when doing, they need another employee to work as a spotter. No spotters were in place that day, the newspaper reported.

    Funds towards the Svanemyr family can be sent to an Indiegogo account here.