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One dead, nine injured in apparent hit-and-run spree
August 29, 2006, 12:00 AM The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO -- One person was killed and at least 13 injured when a man intentionally targeted pedestrians with his sport utility vehicle on both sides of San Francisco Bay, according to police.

The driver was in police custody. His name was not immediately released, but Department of Motor Vehicles records show the license plate on the SUV is registered to Omeed A. Popal of Fremont.

An aide to the mayor who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter was under investigation said Popal was the suspect in custody. He was injured and in stable condition, the aide said.

The spree apparently began around noon in Fremont, where the driver hit an unidentified man walking along the side of the road. He was thrown into a field and pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Chris Mazzone of the Fremont police said.

Witnesses said the driver did not slow down.

He then crossed the bay into San Francisco, where he injured at least 13 people in a series of incidents spanning 20 minutes in several neighborhoods, the mayor's aide said.

Three of the injured were in critical condition, he said.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the injured included a child whose age was not available.

Police finally boxed the driver in with their cruisers in the city's cars Richmond district. The black Honda Pilot was in the middle of the street, its front end and windshield smashed in.

The aide to Mayor Gavin Newsom said some of the injured were pedestrians and some were motorists.

The suspect was being interviewed by police, and investigators in Fremont were interviewing his family.<


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