One dead, one injured after being hit by car

A young girl is dead and a woman is clinging to life after they were struck by a car on New Year's Eve.

Around 8 p.m., San Francisco police responded to Polk and Ellis streets for an injury collision. Police said a car hit three pedestrians that had been crossing the street.

One adult female and two juveniles were transported to San Francisco General Hospital. One of the children, a girl, later died from her injuries.

The woman was in critical condition late Tuesday and a young boy walking with them was expected to survive. The driver remained on scene after the crash and has been cooperating with investigators, police added.

Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the collision.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff


Another Spare the Air alert is issued

New year but no new air as the 25th Spare the Air alert was issued for Thursday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has banned wood burning both indoors and outdoors on Thursday, making it illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or solid fuels for 24 hours.

The wood-burning ban will be in effect for the same counties affected on New Year's Day: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano counties.

First-time violators of the ban may be subject to a $100 fine or be given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class. Subsequent violations result in fines of $500 or more.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff


Driver killed when car flips, lands in water

A Santa Rosa man was killed Tuesday when a vehicle traveling on Shoreline Highway near the Marin County town of Marshall flipped over and partially submerged in water, the California Highway Patrol said.

The man's identity was not available Tuesday night. He is believed to have been the driver of the vehicle, CHP Officer Andy Barclay said.

Barclay said two men, both residents of Santa Rosa, were driving north on Shoreline Highway at about 5:30 p.m. when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed the oncoming lane and flipped over, coming to rest in water.

The highway skirts along Tomales Bay, but it was unclear Tuesday night whether that's where the vehicle ended up. Barclay said the area's remoteness was hindering communications.

The passenger reportedly was able to get out of the vehicle on his own, while firefighters assisted in retrieving the driver.

Barclay said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

-- The Press Democrat


Highway 160 to close next week at night

Contra Costa drivers making their way up toward Sacramento or Rio Vista overnight, or vice versa, next week will have to find another route than Highway 160.

The freeway will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday between Wilbur Avenue in Antioch and the junction with Highway 12, according to a Caltrans news release.

The closure is required for bridge deck and control house rehabilitation work at Three Mile Slough Bridge, Caltrans said.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff