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Friday, September 6, 2013

Christine Svanemyr Identified as Mother Killed by S.F. Rec and Park Truck

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

click to enlarge Christine Svanemyr was sunbathing right here when she was killed. - SCREEN-GRAB VIA CBS NEWS
  • screen-grab via CBS News
  • Christine Svanemyr was sunbathing right here when she was killed.

Update 10:24 a.m.: Police say it was 46-year-old 57-year-old Thomas Burnoski was driving the city truck when he ran over Christine Svanemyr, killing her. He was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

Original Story 8:05 a.m.: Medical authorities this morning identified the woman who was run over while sunbathing in a Bernal Heights park yesterday afternoon as 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr of Daly City.

Svanemyr was laying in the grass near the south end of Holly Park at about 2:20 p.m. with her infant daughter and their dog when a rec and park maintenance driver turned off the path and onto the grass, driving toward the family. He hit the woman and drove off as witnesses yelled at him to stop.

Others performed CPR on Svanemyr until paramedics arrived. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died. The baby and the dog were not injured.

A few minutes after the incident, police found the driver and the maintenance truck nearby. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run.

Local residents told media outlets that they're not surprised this happen; they've been complaining about these city workers driving too fast around the parks.

City officials would not release the name of the driver, who has reportedly worked for San Francisco's Rec and Park Department since 2006, but they did release this statement:

"On behalf of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim," Rec and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg said in a statement.

Svanemyr served as the Director of Development for New Ventures West and was a Zen monk. According to her company's website, "her greatest joy and teacher is her daughter Isa Amalie, born October 2012."

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