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Woman struck, killed by motorcyclist identified

A 67-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run motorcyclist while walking in San Francisco’s Sunset District on Thursday evening has been identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.

A motorcyclist struck San Francisco resident Bonnie Lien near 24th Avenue and Noriega Street at about 6:50 p.m. Thursday.

The suspect, identified by San Francisco police as Wayne Valairs, a 59-year-old San Francisco resident, surrendered to officers Saturday after police identified him as the suspected driver of the motorcycle.

San Francisco police said it appears that Lien was crossing the street in the middle of the block when Valairs drove by a double-parked vehicle and struck her.

Lien fell to the ground and Valairs apparently fled from the scene of the collision. Lien was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she died, according to police.

Officers arrested Valairs on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter and speeding, police said.

Officers said they have video evidence from multiple locations near the collision site, but are asking any witnesses to get in touch with police anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or texting a tip to TIP444 and starting the message with SFPD.

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