City Finalizes $15 Million Settlement for Svanemyr Family in Holly Park Hit-and-Run

The City of San Francisco has finalized a $15.1 million settlement with the surviving family of Christy Svanemyr, the woman who was killed in the heartbreaking 2013 hit-and-run incident involving a Recreation and Parks Department truck in Holly Park. KCBS has the details: The family of a 35-year-old woman who was run over and killed by … Continue reading City Finalizes $15 Million Settlement for Svanemyr Family in Holly Park Hit-and-Run

City May Offer Svanemyr Family $15 Million in Fatal Holly Park Hit and Run Settlement

The Examiner has an update on the tragic case of Christy Svanemyr, the woman who was killed in Holly Park after she was run over by a San Francisco Rec and Park department truck last September. The Examiner says Svanemyr family is pursuing a lawsuit against the City: San Francisco may be required to pay $15.13 million to the family … Continue reading City May Offer Svanemyr Family $15 Million in Fatal Holly Park Hit and Run Settlement

Emotional Vigil in Holly Park Remembers Christy Svanemyr

The vigil for Christy Svanemyr that took place yesterday was sad and powerful. Held on the very ground in Holly Park where she was killed by a Recreation & Parks pickup truck on the afternoon of Sept. 5, the vigil celebrated Christy Svanemyr’s life, mourned her passing, and reiterated calls for accountability and improved park … Continue reading Emotional Vigil in Holly Park Remembers Christy Svanemyr

Thursday: Vigil for Christy Svanemyr, Victim in Holly Park Death

A group of Bernal neighbors have organized to hold a vigil for Christy Svanemyr, the wife, mother, and Zen monk who died on on Sept. 5 after she was was run over by a Recreation and Park vehicle in Holly Park. The vigil will happen on Thursday, October 3rd at 5 pm, in Holly Park near Highland … Continue reading Thursday: Vigil for Christy Svanemyr, Victim in Holly Park Death

Fund Collects Donations for Holly Park Victim Christy Svanemyr’s Surviving Family

Christy Svanemyr didn’t live in Bernal Heights. But last Thursday, when she died in Holly Park after a Recreation and Parks Department truck drove over her as she lay on the grass with her daughter, Christy Svanemyr became a part of the Bernal community. Christy Svanemyr had a strong network of friends and co-workers here … Continue reading Fund Collects Donations for Holly Park Victim Christy Svanemyr’s Surviving Family

UPDATED: One Year After Tragedy, Why Are Rec and Park Vehicles Still Driving in Holly Park?

It was a tragedy when Christy Svanemyr was killed by a hit-and-run San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department vehicle in Holly Park last September. Yet if any possible good might come from such a horror, it is the knowledge that policies were put in place to ensure that such a thing will never happen again. That probably explains why Neighbor Roger … Continue reading UPDATED: One Year After Tragedy, Why Are Rec and Park Vehicles Still Driving in Holly Park?

UPDATED: One Dead, Second Critical, After Saturday Shooting at Alemany Projects

For the second time this year, there has been a fatal shooting at the Alemany public housing in south Bernal. John King from the SF Chronicle tells it: A 16-year-old boy died Saturday night in a shooting near the Alemany housing projects on the south flank of Bernal Heights. The incident occurred shortly after 11 … Continue reading UPDATED: One Dead, Second Critical, After Saturday Shooting at Alemany Projects

UPDATED: Felony Charges Filed Against City Worker In Holly Park Tragedy; Driver Allegedly Made Two Attempts to Flee Scene

The other shoe has dropped in the aftermath of the Sept 5 tragedy in which SF Recreation and Park employee Thomas Burnoski ran over and killed Christy Svanemyr while she was relaxing on the grass in Holly Park. Yesterday the San Francisco DA’s Office filed felony vehicular manslaughter and hit and run charges against Burnoski.  The … Continue reading UPDATED: Felony Charges Filed Against City Worker In Holly Park Tragedy; Driver Allegedly Made Two Attempts to Flee Scene

Campos Conducts Safety Hearing After Holly Park Tragedy

Amid angry concern that City employees continue to endanger the safety of neighborhood residents, D9 Supervisor David Campos held a hearing yesterday in City Hall to review Recreation and Parks Department procedures in the wake of the Sept. 5 tragedy in Holly Park that resulted in the death of Christy Svanemyer. Meanwhile, a decision on … Continue reading Campos Conducts Safety Hearing After Holly Park Tragedy

UPDATED: Weeks After Tragedy, Rec and Park Vehicles Still Drive in Holly Park; No Charges Filed Against Deadly Driver

As you know, there’s a vigil tonight at 5 pm for Christy Svanemyr, the victim in the Holly Park hit-and-run tragedy. Please attend if you can — not just because it’s a fitting way to remember Christy, but also because the violations of Rec and Park policy that triggered the accident apparently continue in Holly Park … Continue reading UPDATED: Weeks After Tragedy, Rec and Park Vehicles Still Drive in Holly Park; No Charges Filed Against Deadly Driver

As Investigation Continues, City Worker Says He Did Not Realize He’d Hit a Person in Holly Park

The hit-and-run that caused the death of Christy Svanemyr in Holly Park at 2:30 pm on September 5 was a terrible tragedy that continues to unfold in many sad chapters. Vivian Ho at the San Francisco Chronicle has been reporting on Thomas Burnoski, 57, the Recreation and Parks employee whom police say was driving the City-owned vehicle … Continue reading As Investigation Continues, City Worker Says He Did Not Realize He’d Hit a Person in Holly Park

Supervisor Campos Calls for Hearings to Review Rec and Park Vehicle Policy

More fallout from the hit-and-run death of Christy Svanemyr last Thursday in Holly Park. San Francisco Chronicle reporter (and Bernal neighbor) Marisa Lagos has the details about a round of hearings proposed by District 9 Supervisor David Campos: Campos will call for a hearing Tuesday to examine the Recreation and Parks Department’s vehicle policy. He can’t focus … Continue reading Supervisor Campos Calls for Hearings to Review Rec and Park Vehicle Policy