A serious collision in the Bayview District of San Francisco claimed two lives in the early morning of June 23, according to local sources. California police have determined the accident to be a hit-and-run and are currently seeking the support of the community in bringing the driver responsible to justice. So far, they have not announced any leads on suspected individuals. 

According to the accident report, around 1:15 a.m., a 26-year-old student originally from India was working as a Lyft operator, transporting a 49-year-old passenger. Reportedly, a vehicle driven by an unknown individual sped through a red light before smashing into the victim’s car. The force of the impact killed the driver, who was pronounced dead on the scene. His passenger was rushed to a local hospital and was later also pronounced dead. 

Two passengers in the speeding vehicle were also injured and taken to local hospitals, though their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The driver reportedly fled the scene on foot, and police have not yet apprehended that individual. A GoFundMe has been set up by the deceased driver’s family to transport his remains and belongings back to India. 

Should California police track down the driver responsible for this tragic hit-and-run, that individual will face criminal charges pertaining to his or her role in the fatal crash. Separately, the family of the deceased driver and passenger are both entitled under state law to file wrongful death suits against the accused driver in civil court. This entitlement extends to foreign nationals whose family are wrongfully killed on U.S. soil.