SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A driver who allegedly killed a 4-year-old girl and injured her parents in a crash in San Francisco on Tuesday has been arrested, the San Francisco Police Department said Wednesday. She was identified as 71-year-old Karen Cartagena.
SFPD responded to 4th Street and King Street at about 5:15 p.m. regarding a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrians. The victims were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Each of the victims was a pedestrian. The girl who was killed was in a stroller. Her father has life-threatening injuries. SFPD said the family was in from out of town.
The involved car was pinned against a pole after the crash. The driver remained at the scene, police said. Drugs and alcohol are not expected to be a factor.
The driver was subsequently arrested for three counts of failure to yield to pedestrians and vehicular manslaughter, SFPD confirmed on Wednesday.
The crash is one block away from the home-plate entrance of Oracle Park.
“Our hearts go out to the parents and loved ones of the 4-year-old girl killed in the senseless tragedy in my district last evening,” said SF Supervisor Matt Dorsey in a tweet. “It’s impossible to imagine a loss more devastating than what these parents are going through right now, and I’ve committed to do everything I can to support them through this difficult time. There isn’t a single San Franciscan I’ve spoken to about this incident who isn’t absolutely heartbroken over it. I know our City stands ready to help however we can.”
This is the 11th pedestrian death in San Francisco this year, according to nonprofit Walk San Francisco. Walk SF and another nonprofit, Bay Area Families for Safe Streets, will be bringing a white stroller and flowers to the crash site Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call SFPD at 415-575-4444.