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S.F. parks employee 'devastated' he ran over woman

By Staff, wire reports
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Christy Moses Svanemyr
AP Photo Thomas Burnoski

SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco parks worker who ran over a woman as she lay with her baby and dog in a park said he thought he had hit something but didn't realize it was a person until he was arrested.

An attorney for 57-year-old Thomas Burnoski told the San Francisco Chronicle his client was devastated when he learned the mother was fatally struck.

Burnoski said in a statement that his actions caused the death of 35-year-old Christine Moses Svanemyr, "and there is nothing I can do to bring her back." He called what happened in the Bernal Heights park "a tragic accident."

Svanemyr was a Morgantown High School graduate. She earned degrees from West Virginia University in anthropology, sociology, and ecotourism and recreation management.

Burnoski was arrested Sept. 5 on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

Prosecutors have not decided if they will file charges in the case.


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