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