SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, March 28, a hit-and-run in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood struck five men at the intersection of 24th and Illinois Street at approximately 10:30 a.m. According to the San Francisco Police Department, the vehicle involved in the incident is described as a white GMC van.
The driver, Mark Dennis, 33, was arrested and booked at San Francisco County Jail where he is charged with murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
According to reports, the suspect threatened the victims with an axe before getting into his car and striking the victims as they moved on the sidewalk. One of the victims, Eliseo Lopez, 43, died from injuries sustained, while four others were transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
A witness that asked to remain anonymous told the SF Gate that he was walking his dog when he saw the crash just yards away from where he stood. He claimed that Dennis was yelling at the men before striking them with his vehicle and repeatedly used a homophobic slur in his speech. Video shows damage to the van as a result of the hit-and-run. Paramedics can also be seen treating one of the victim’s during the incident before he is loaded into an ambulance.
The SFPD is still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. Tipsters may remain anonymous.