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By Thomas K. Pendergast
(Originally published July 31, 2015, on Examiner.com)
San Francisco police have identified a man who died in police custody recently as Filimoni R. Raiyawa, 57, of Sonoma and his death is now under investigation.
Police say that Thursday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. SFPD officers responded to a call regarding a vehicle collision which occurred on Richardson Drive at Francisco Street. The driver of a BMW was stopped at a red light, facing eastbound on Richardson when a minivan collided with the rear end of the BMW. The force of the impact sent the BMW through the intersection where it, and the minivan, collided with several parked cars.
The driver of the BMW walked up to the minivan where he attempted to check on the wellbeing of the other driver. The driver of the minivan, later identified as Raiyawa, got out of the minivan and began speaking incoherently to the BMW driver.
Raiyawa’s behavior and because he stood six-feet tall and weighed 265 pounds caused the driver of the BMW to fear for his safety, so he moved away from Raiyawa and called 9-1-1 to report the collision. Then he followed Raiyawa for approximately one block before returning to the scene of the collision.
While officers were en-route, they received the suspect description and direction of escape from the collision scene. Officers located Raiyawa at Pierce and Lombard streets, concluded that he matched the hit and run suspect description and attempted to detain him.