Man Sentenced in Financial District Hit-and-Run Involving 9-Year Old Boy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134

Man Sentenced in Financial District Hit-and-Run Involving 9-Year Old Boy

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Andrew Alan Vargas (DOB: 11/7/1989) was sentenced to one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and an allegation that great bodily injury was inflicted during the commission of the offense.

“We have been in constant contact with the young boy’s parents and they are satisfied with Mr. Vargas’ guilty plea. We hope this is a step towards providing closure to this unfortunate incident,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Driving under the influence carries serious consequences and today’s plea reflects my commitment to keeping our city safe.”

Today, Ryan W.’s family issued a statement. “We would like to thank the City & County of San Francisco District Attorney's office, District Attorney George Gascon, Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai, the San Francisco Police Department, Chief Greg Suhr, and Inspector Dean Taylor for their continued efforts in seeking justice for Ryan. We're also very thankful to the many San Franciscans who assisted the police that evening. Without their selfless assistance, justice wouldn't have been served.”

On August 4, 2011, Vargas was driving his Toyota Truck when he struck a woman and a nine-year-old boy. The boy was visiting San Francisco with his family and had just left AT&T Park after watching the Giants-Phillies game when he was hit at the intersection of Mission and New Montgomery Streets at approximately 11:30 pm. Vargas fled approximately 30 miles to Hayward before being stopped and detained by the Hayward Police Department.

Vargas will be placed on five years formal probation, serve one year in county jail, attend a nine month driving under the influence class upon his release, complete 100 hours of community service by speaking to youth about his fateful decision, and ordered to pay restitution to all victims. Vargas’ plea today also qualifies as a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law. Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai prosecuted the case.