SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco parks worker was arrested Friday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run in the death of a Zen monk who was run over by a maintenance vehicle while relaxing with her young daughter and dog in a park.
Thomas Burnoski, 57, of San Francisco was taken into custody in connection with Thursday's incident at Holly Park in the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood, police said.
The victim, Christine Svanemyr, 35, of San Francisco was spending a day off sunbathing with her 11-month-old daughter Isa and their family dog Ponyo in a grassy area of the park when she was hit.
Svanemyr's colleagues, who knew her as "Christy," were stunned by her death. They said she had spent the past 10 years as an enrollment director at San Francisco-based New Ventures West, a school that says it specializes in helping people reach their full potential in life.
"Christy was full of brilliance, passion and kindness," the school said in a statement. "Her high energy and infectious enthusiasm impacted everything and everyone she touched. Those who knew her say it was impossible not to be moved by her."