Two women died on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco after being hit by a vehicle in an accident in the South of Market neighborhood, police and an elected officer said.

At around 4 p.m., police responded to a vehicle collision with two pedestrians on Second Street and Mission Street. The officers immediately assisted the victims and called paramedics to the scene.

A victim died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The other was taken to a hospital and died there.

The suspect was found after escaping the scene on foot, police said.

The intersection will remain closed for some time, police said.

Supervisor Matt Haney, who represents the SoMa district, described the collision as “absolutely terrible and tragically fatal”. It was Haney who identified the victims as women.

“A person shouldn’t have to risk their life walking or biking in SoMa or downtown,” wrote Haney on Twitter. “The streets are still far too dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip to TIP411 and start the message with SFPD.