Thursday, February 10, 2011

Charges likely in crash that killed Pacifica man

 By Joshua Melvin
Updated: 02/10/2011 06:36:35 PM PST

Criminal charges are likely against a driver involved in a crash that killed a Pacifica man as both drove through an intersection early Thursday morning, police said.

Leonid Stoliarov, who was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office, was driving a Toyota north on Arguello Boulevard around 2:15 a.m. when an Audi headed east on Geary Boulevard slammed into him, said San Francisco police Lt. Lyn Tomioka. Stoliarov, 57, died instantly.

Witnesses told police the Audi's driver, whose identity has not been released, was going very fast and blew through several red lights before the collision. Tomioka said the driver was being checked out by doctors late Thursday and had not been arrested.

However, she said criminal charges are likely.

Tomioka said it is unclear what the charges could be, but added authorities are investigating several things, including whether the driver was under the influence and the car's speed.

The intersection of Geary and Arguello was closed until 7 a.m. as investigators worked at the scene.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335.

Posted by Steve Sinai

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