Ax-Wielding Driver Fatally Rams Pedestrians

Police have arrested suspect in San Francisco
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2018 5:38 PM CDT
Ax-Wielding Driver Fatally Rams Pedestrians
San Francisco police?department spokesman Robert?Rueca speaks at a news conference near where police say a driver got into an altercation with several people and struck them with his vehicle before fleeing in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

One person was killed when a driver rammed into a group of pedestrians in San Francisco after threatening them with an ax, CBS SF reports. Police say the incident started shortly before 10:30am Wednesday when the driver got into a physical altercation with a group of people. A witness says the driver got out of his van and chased after the group with an ax. A witness tells KRON that one of the members of the group took out a belt and fought with the driver. The witness tells CBS that the group eventually got the ax away from the driver, who got back into his van. (Officials have not confirmed witness accounts.) Police say the driver then drove onto the sidewalk and into the group at a high rate of speed.

The driver left the scene, and all five victims were transported to the hospital, ABC 7 reports. One victim died and three were in critical condition. All five victims were men. Police arrested a suspect sometime after noon. He was driving a white minivan with damage to its front end. (More hit-and-run stories.)

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