Drunken driving suspected in four-car Golden Gate Bridge crash
Published: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:32 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 8:34 a.m.
A suspected drunken driver allegedly speeding on the Golden Gate Bridge was responsible for the Sunday four-car crash that closed the bridge and injured at least five, including a Santa Rosa man and his two children.
The Santa Rosa family, driver Peter Wittreich, 56, son Gabe Jacobs, 11 and Fiona Jacobs, 8, all of Santa Rosa, suffered moderate and minor injuries when their van overturned on the bridge after getting caught in the collision.
The 8:05 p.m. crash Sunday apparently started as driver Syed Ali, 37, of Colma was speeding south on the bridge and rear-ended a car, witnesses told the CHP.
The impact from Ali's 2007 Mercedes pushed driver Mara Lefkowitz's 1990 Mercedes across southbound lanes, according to preliminary reports.
Lefkowitz, 39, of San Francisco crossed into northbound traffic and was hit by a 2008 Toyota Scion driven by Raymond Hung, 35, of San Francisco.
Meanwhile Ali's car veered into northbound traffic and sideswiped the 2002 Honda Odyssey van driven by Wittreich.
Wittreich then traveled into southbound lanes, hit a curb railing and his van overturned.
Wittreich and his children had gone to San Francisco for a college graduation celebration, according to a family member. Wittreich suffered moderate injuries and the children were treated and released for minor injuries.
The CHP closed the bridge for about 40 minutes.
Officers arrested Ali on a suspected felony DUI charge and he was taken to the San Francisco County Jail.
The Santa Rosa family was treated for their injuries and released from Kaiser Permanente in Terra Linda.
Injuries to others in the crash were moderate or minor, the CHP reported.
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