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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Christy Svanemyr: Bernal Heights Community to Hold Vigil for Mother Run Over by City Truck

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Christy and Isa
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It's been nearly a month since 35-year-old Christy Svanemyr was killed; the new mother and Zen monk was enjoying the September sun in Holly Park with her infant daughter when a city truck ran over her, killing her almost instantly.

Today, the Bernal Heights community will hold a vigil to honor the woman who was known for her infectious energy and kindness.

Here's the details:


Already, her friends and family have raised more than $72,500 to help her husband, Vegar, and their 11-month-old daughter with expenses. In addition, Svanemyr's company, New Ventures West is asking people who knew Christy to write a letter to her daughter, Isa, and tell her about her mother. "When Isa grows up, she will have these letters as a way of learning about the amazing woman her mother was," the company said on its website.

Isa will celebrate her first birthday on Oct. 12.

Svanemyr was laying in the grass at Holly Park with Isa and their family dog at about 2:25 p.m. on Sept. 5 when a Rec and Park maintenance driver turned off the path and onto the grass, driving toward the family. He hit her and drove off as witnesses yelled at him to stop. Svanemyr was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Both Isa and the dog were uninjured.

A few minutes after the incident, police located the driver nearby; 57-year-old Thomas Burnoski was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run. Burnoski, who has worked with the Rec and Park Department since 2006, later issued an apology to the family stating he did not realize he had hit a person.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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