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SF Police Search for Driver in Hit-and-Run Crash That Kills Uber Passenger

Residents in the area said car crashes are far too common and some blame the weekend closure of the Great Highway.

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San Francisco Police said Sunday that a crash between a stolen vehicle and an Uber car left one person dead in the Outer Sunset neighborhood Saturday night.

Police said just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a black Audi SUV struck a red Honda SUV at 46th Avenue and Lincoln Way and fled the scene.

According to officials, a passenger in the Honda was taken to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the Honda suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

SFPD said the Honda SUV was being operated as an Uber at the time of the crash.

The Audi SUV involved in the crash was reported stolen in San Francisco on Jan. 12, police said.

Officials later identified the victim as 38-year-old Barry McGrath of San Francisco.

“Everyone is really shocked on how everything happened and it's hard to get the head around really,” said Conor McCarthy, a friend of the victim.

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McCarthy told NBC Bay Area Sunday that he and the rest of his hurling team, which is a traditional Irish game, was with McGrath just a few days ago.

McCarthy added that McGrath had just become the chairman for the St. Joseph's Hurling Club, where he volunteered and helped create a network for the Irish community in San Francisco.

“Above everything, he was really a friend and he would always look out for people,” McCarthy said.

The community put together a makeshift memorial by the crash scene on Sunday.

Residents in the area said car crashes are far too common and some blame the weekend closure of the Great Highway.

“It’s a death trap here,” said San Francisco resident Gregory Leung.

Yangdron Kalzng, who lives by the crash scene, also shared her concerns to NBC Bay Area Sunday.

“Every time, when we walk back and forth, we feel like something is gonna happen,“ she said.

San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar said he’s been working with neighbors and the city to add more traffic lights, speed bumps and four-way stop signs.

“We got the funding allocated to that just a few months ago, but unfortunately it didn’t move forward quick enough to prevent this,” he said.

In the meantime, San Francisco police are increasing enforcement in the area.

Police describe the suspect of the stolen SUV as a bald, white male, possibly more than 6-feet-tall and about 45 years old.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message. Reference case number 220065181.

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