Photo by Katie Lewellyn / Xpress Magazine
An elderly woman struck a mother and daughter in front of City Sports at the Stonestown Galleria on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco on March 18, 2015. Photo by: Katie Lewellyn/ Xpress Magazine
Story by Tami Benedict, Cat Uy, Martin Bustamante, and Olympia Zampathas
A mother and her 5-year-old daughter were struck by a vehicle outside of City Sports at the Stonestown Galleria Mall a little after noon on Wednesday.
Captain Curtis Lum of the SFPD Taraval division said both mother and daughter are in critical condition and were taken to SF General Hospital by ambulance.
“The daughter is in more serious condition than the mother,” Lum said.
The driver of the vehicle was an elderly woman who reportedly stopped at the stop sign before striking the mother and child.
Cornelius Jones, who was on his break and works at a nearby Trader Joe’s, said he witnessed the accident.
“An elderly woman stopped at the stop sign and didn’t notice the mother and young girl,” Jones said. “Basically, the young girl was run over and underneath the car.”
The elderly woman was initially taken away in an ambulance and seemed to need medical attention, but later left the ambulance to speak with investigators.
When investigators arrived they questioned the elderly woman, before examining the car. In the middle of the street was a broken blue headband that police presumed was from the child that was hit.
At the end of the investigation, the elderly woman was able to leave, get into her car, and drive away by herself.